Is the COVID-19 vaccination worth the risks that are involved?


To ensure a better environment for the future? To know more about this vaccine we need to study the history of vaccines. Like where they came from and how long they have been around. Then, you should look into the pros. Then lastly, you should look into the cons of the vaccine. To determine if it is worth it to you? 

The history of vaccines, in general, started in 1796. Edward Jenner, a doctor from Gloucestershire, operated the world's first vaccine. This vaccine was a treatment for smallpox. This disease has killed millions of people over the centuries. Jenner was a medical student when he started to think about how he could help make a way to help get rid of the smallpox virus. He watched the milkmaids as he noticed they had caught a different disease and that they had not begun to show symptoms of smallpox. The disease in which the milkmaids had was called cowpox. Cowpox was different from smallpox because it led to a few ill symptoms while smallpox caused severe skin eruptions and dangerous fevers. On May 14, 1796, He took fluid from a blister of someone with cowpox and scratched it into the skin of James Phipps, a boy who was eight years old at the time. Only a single blister came upon the boy where the scratch was. The boy fully recovered. So on July 1, Jenner vaccinated the boy again, but this time with the smallpox virus to see how the boy would react. The boy however did not react to smallpox. Edward Jenner's vaccine was a success. Soon doctors all over Europe were using Jenner's groundbreaking technique, which led to a drastic decline in new sufferers of the devastating disease. In the 19th and 20th centuries, scientists used Jenner's innovative method to cure many other diseases such as polio, whooping cough, measles, tetanus, yellow fever, and many others. 

There are many pros to the Coronavirus vaccine but do the pros outweigh the cons? As you know many vaccines contain live doses of the virus that they are treating. The coronavirus vaccine does not contain any bit of the live virus in it meaning that it will not make you ill with the virus-like other vaccines do as in the flu vaccine it injects you with a small dose of the virus to make your body know how to defend itself against it. The vaccine for the COVID-19 includes mRNA. mRNA vaccines send instructions to our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the "Spike Protein." This spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some people say that receiving an mRNA will change or alter your DNA but that has been proven to not be true. It is also proven that people who have caught COVID-19 could still benefit from getting the vaccine. There is a 30% chance that if you have had covid you can get reinfected with the virus. If you were to take the shot after getting it the first time you most likely will not be reinfected with the virus. 

The cons to getting the coronavirus aren't that many but do you think that the cons are more important than the pros? The COVID-19 vaccine is only 50% effective. This is half. But you have to take into account well, what if you were part of the 50% of people that the vaccine didn't work for? What would that mean to you? A doctor was talking about how he felt about the vaccine. And in this, he stated around the lines of how while it is normal to have minor side effects from getting the shot as in the sport where the needle was inserted, to be sore or achy for a couple of days. But what else he said is, " If you're kind of achy and sore for a couple of days and you can avoid getting COVID-19 and potentially landing in the hospital, that's the sort of trade-off you have to look at." Some local doctors said that it was the same as getting the flu shot, that you will have more symptoms than that of the virus itself. Another con is that scammers are going around even in some established businesses. The scammers are people who go around with fake shots, which could make you extremely ill. Something else that could be considered a con is that they do not know how long the immunity will last. It could be six months, a year, or even ten years. They do not know about it.  

So in conclusion I would say that not be going to get the vaccine. Or at least not until more people have gotten it and we can see how they have reacted to the vaccine if it was in a positive way or a negative way. I think that there are pros and cons to every vaccine but I personally feel like this vaccine is more important than vaccines from the past. So i personally will say that I don’t feel like this vaccine is a good idea at this point.

 

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