The accuracy of information regarding COVID-19 vaccines can vary in the marketing of the vaccines and at vaccine administration sites. Please review the most updated vaccine fact sheets carefully before choosing to be inoculated.
The decision to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or any vaccine is a private decision between an individual and their healthcare provider based on individual risks and benefits. This is not controversial.
This post does not oppose or endorse COVID-19 vaccines. The purpose of this post is to provide information. This post may be updated periodically with possible changes, omissions or additions.
Per the COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker, there are presently 115 vaccine candidates and 15 “approved” vaccines. This post includes links to vaccine fact sheets/information for four (4) COVID-19 vaccines.
• There is no long-term safety data from the use of mRNA vaccines.
• Under the PREP Act, companies like Pfizer and Moderna have total immunity from liability if something unintentionally goes wrong with their vaccines.
• There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19 as stated on the vaccine fact sheets.
• It is unknown how long COVID-19 vaccines protect people.
It is unknown how effective COVID-19 vaccines are against variants of the virus.
It is unknown how well COVID-19 vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems.
It is unknown how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease. April, 2021 (CDC)
• Risk/benefit differs by age with COVID-19 vaccines. Not everyone’s risk to COVID-19 or these vaccines is the same. Immune function is a strong determinant of an individual’s risk of and complications from COVID-19. An individual’s ability to mount an immune response and produce antibodies can vary.
• There is a lack of evidence to support the need for mass vaccination of populations considered low risk.
• Vaccines are not the sole solution to exiting the pandemic. Public health education including preventative and prophylactic treatments have been and remain absent.
• Naturally-acquired immunity counts toward herd or population immunity.
• COVID-19 vaccines are not yet licensed. They have been released under an Emergency Use Authorization.
• The requirement for any individual to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for employment or participation at a university or other institution violates federal law.
Federal law: Title 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(e)(1)(A)(ii)(I-III) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act states: Individuals to whom the product is administered are informed—
(I) that the Secretary has authorized the emergency use of the product;
(II) of the significant known and potential benefits and risks of such use, and
of the extent to which such benefits and risks are unknown; and
(III) of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product, of the
consequences, if any, of refusing administration of the product, and of the
alternatives to the product that are available and of their benefits and risks.
COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets and websites
The AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine has been authorized for use by Health Canada under an Interim Order COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet for AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD