To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

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With the vaccine rollout now occurring in Australia, it is important to dismiss any ridiculous conspiracy theories and myths that surround this vaccine.

A recent article in the excellent medical website, “Medical News Today” examined many of the myths around the COVID-19 vaccine and I thought I would summarise this article as I believe the topic is so important.

The anti-VAXXERS had a field day when two elderly people in Queensland were given four times the dose of the Pfizer vaccine during the initial week of the Australian vaccination program. But, this unfortunate mistake has actually backfired in the face of the anti-VAXXERS because despite these people administered such a big dose of the vaccine and being in the very elderly group, neither had a bad reaction and almost certainly now have good immunity to COVID-19. In my view, even more evidence supporting the safety of vaccines.

Let’s examine some of the clear myths about vaccination detailed in the Medical News Today report.

  1. The COVID-19 vaccine is not safe because it has been developed so fast. This is not true because there has been research into coronaviruses for a number of years especially since the SARS and MERS outbreaks. Many of the technologies around the current vaccine have stemmed from this research. Secondly, because this has been a worldwide pandemic, there has been enormous co-operation from governments and scientific bodies around the world, with a marked increase in funding to bring the vaccine to fruition quickly. Thirdly, typically in vaccine trials there is a shortage of volunteers but because of the major effect of this pandemic around the world they have been hundreds of thousands of people volunteering for the vaccine trials. Fourthly, because of marked improvement in technologies over the past few decades, there has been rapid genome sequencing of SARS-COV2 & thus more accurate and effective vaccines have been able to be developed much quicker.

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Dr Ross Walker

Dr Walker is an expert in the field of preventative cardiology and has published seven books. He gives lectures nationally and internationally.