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COVID19 vaccines will NOT destroy our lives

Apparently an article is circulating: “COVID19 vaccines will destroy our lives”. And, interestingly, it includes a “fact checked” icon at the top indicating it’s been checked by a credible source.

Well, here is a credible source’s rebuttal…

  1. “The COVID-19 vaccine really isn’t a vaccine in the medical definition of a vaccine”.
    This is false. The medical definition is: Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.
    This is exactly what the COVID19 vaccine does. All of them, regardless of the biotechnology.
  2. “Since mRNA normally rapidly degrades” (this is true) “it must be complexed with lipids or polymers” (this is true). “COVID19 vaccines use PEGylated lipid nanoparticles and PEG is known to cause anaphylaxis.” (This is correct, but taken out of context.)
    PEG has never been used before in an approved vaccine, but it is found in many drugs that have occasionally triggered anaphylaxis. This is particularly true among people who already have high levels of anti-PEG antibodies or experienced severe allergic reactions in the past. Although many types of nanoparticles do have hypersensitivity properties, some newer nanoparticles have been demonstrating ANTI-allergic effects. Controlling the pro and anti-allergic properties of nanoparticles is one of the key elements towards safe use. The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had a meeting mid-December to discuss the COVID19 vaccine allergic reactions and is conducting several studies on it to better understand why people with previous history may have allergic reactions with Pfizer/Moderna COVID19 vaccines. Nonetheless, since this meeting there have been 50 anaphylaxis cases reported for Pfizer (out of 9.943M doses) and 21 reported for Moderna (out of 7.581M doses). This is an anaphylaxis rate of 5 in 1M people (or 0.000503%). This IS higher than the rate of anaphylactic reactions that happen with any other vaccine (1 in 1M people). But, this IS far less than the 70% claimed in the misinformation article. Also (fun fact) PEG is found in toothpaste and shampoo.
  3. “mRNA can signal danger to your immune system and drive inflammatory diseases”.
    I guess this is correct? Although, it’s missing a few key steps. The mRNA instructs our body to create a spike protein then which our bodies make antibodies to. These antibodies then recognize (and, thus, signals danger) if you ever come in contact with the COVID virus. This signal is a good thing, as your body is prepared to fight the virus. If you don’t have this protective signal, then you get an inflammatory disease which has landed more than 93,536 people in the hospital TODAY. Also, you should know you have mRNA floating in your body every second of every day. If free mRNA causes a danger signal, then we are in a lot of trouble (regardless of a vaccine or not).
  4. “Many commonly reported side effects from the COVID19 gene therapy “vaccines” appear to be caused by brain inflammation”.
    The writer doesn’t provide any evidence or context behind this claim. They only state it as fact, so I cannot counter it with science. But, no, the vaccine doesn’t cause brain inflammation. We haven’t seen this and more than 98.3 million doses in 62 countries have been administered.
  5. “Anyone with inflammatory disease (…) are at high risk of dying from COVID19 mRNA vaccines”.
    This is incorrect. No one’s death has been causally linked to the vaccine.
  6. “Genetic alterations may last for life”
    This is false. There are no genetic alterations. At all. The mRNA cannot physically enter the nucleus (which houses our DNA in our cells). Briefly, in order for a mRNA vaccine to alter someone’s DNA, several events would have to occur…
    -mRNA would need to enter the cell nucleus, where DNA lives. However, mRNA do not have the “secret door code” (called nuclear access signal) that would allow it to enter. mRNA vaccines can’t get in.
    -If the mRNA vaccine did get in (which it won’t), mRNA would have to be then converted to DNA. This would require a tool called “reverse transcriptase”, which the vaccine doesn’t have.
    -Also, if it made it into the nucleus, mRNA would then to need to insert itself into the DNA. The mRNA would need a tool called “integrase” to do this, which the vaccine doesn’t have.

Bottom line: I get that we are hesitant. This is the most vaccine hesitancy we’ve ever had; you’re not alone. It’s a trust jump. But it’s a trust jump into decades worth of research and scientists with no ulterior motives other than to save lives and improve the quality of life of our community (and maybe get tenure :)). Please make your decision using an evidence-based, data-driven approach.

Love, YLE

Data Sources:
I would like to thank those Nerdy Girls at Dear Pandemic for encouraging me to write this and ensuring me that it wouldn’t fall on deaf ears. Also, for one of them sacrificing her email address so we could actually read the misinformation being passed around (that’s behind a paywall).

This peer-reviewed scientific article talked about PEG: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378517320307778
This one too: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4849378/
And this one too: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/suspicions-grow-nanoparticles-pfizer-s-covid-19-vaccine-trigger-rare-allergic-reactions
Vaccine tracker: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution/
Anaphylaxis rate: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/slides-2021-1-27-21.html
About the author behind this misinformation: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2019/10/15/fdc01078-c29c-11e9-b5e4-54aa56d5b7ce_story.html
Pfizer safety data: https://www.fda.gov/media/144245/download
Moderna safety data: https://www.fda.gov/media/144434/download
Long-term effects of the vaccine: https://yourlocalepidemiologist.com/long-term-effects-of-the-covid19-vaccine/
The vaccine got to us incredibly fast: https://yourlocalepidemiologist.com/the-vaccine-got-to-us-incredibly-fast/
mRNA and our DNA: https://yourlocalepidemiologist.com/mrna-and-dna/
Deaths and the vaccine: https://yourlocalepidemiologist.com/deaths-and-the-vaccine/

24 replies on “COVID19 vaccines will NOT destroy our lives”

I read your post last night and it’s unfortunate that Facebook will take the views of a very few to distort the truth. You base your findings on science and that is refreshing in a day where there are so many agendas of misinformation.

I am 69 years old and entered the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine trial in November.
Entering a double blind study was interesting and I had hoped for some symptoms after my shot in mid November. But I had none. I went back in December for my first check up and bloodwork, and a week later got a phone call that I did not have antibodies in my blood to the virus in November BUT 32 days later did have antibodies. I have not been sick all year so I am left to surmise that I might’ve gotten a vaccine.

I won’t know for sure until six months are up and the study lasts much longer. I’m happy to be part of that in order to provide data on how the vaccine is working.

Thank you so much for providing your information. People have tried to politicize the virus and the vaccine and they have been able to sway so many people that I’m afraid lives will be lost. I have an ex-wife who is a nurse and she is on that radical right fringe to the point she does not want to have our two disabled 25 year old sons ti receive a vaccine. We are co-conservators so there is a battle looming.

Please don’t stop what you’re doing. You are providing great information!

However, this vaccine would cause anaphelaxes in my body, for I am very allergic to some of its elements. Some of my allergis are eggs and dairy, plus some meats.

Talk about the problems with blood clots in the uterus with and without pregnancy.

Have any women had their uterus removed? That would be the real danger of infertility!

From one epidemiologist eyes-deep in COVID-19 information to another, you are doing a great job. Since learning of your newsletter, I check it regularly to calibrate not only my responses, but also the issues I am tracking for clients, colleagues, and friends. THANK YOU.

Thank you for providing a platform for people to locate credible and correct information.
We would like to share a graphic that an epidemiologist created to promote vaccinations. It’s free-to-use-and-share so feel free to adopt it.

What happens next is up to us.
No one is safe, until everyone is safe.
Vaccines are a pathway to slow down and stop the pandemic.
Here’s to galvanizing everyone to get vaccinated and promoting equal access.

Thanks for clarifying certain technical points, very helpful. Now could you address another related issue, that of early treatment and prophylaxis, about which there seems to be a news blackout. Specifically involving the use of ivermectin and/or HQC. People who catch Covid should have options regarding treatments, and everyone should be aware of the ongoing research and growing experience of their use. This lack (suppression?) of information is encouraging anxiety and even panic among the public. Also, why is there such high-level resistance to safe protocols that, at worst, are ineffective against the infection? There’s nothing for the patient to lose in trying them.

Thank you so much! We in UK need a similar piece focussing on AstraZeneca vaccine, which works in a more traditional way, I believe.

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