The U.S. public’s views and attitudes on the available Covid-19 vaccines can vary widely, which is a consistent finding from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The differences by age, ethnicity, politics and location can be very striking. Any hesitancy toward accepting the vaccine largely boils down to trusting that the vaccines are safe. But this rather tenuous faith in the available Covid-19 vaccines is no different than historical attitudes about vaccines from yesteryear.
With almost one-third of Americans having received at least the first Covid-19 vaccine dosage, what do we really know about the safety of the vaccines?
ANSWER: The preliminary findings appear to be very encouraging, even to those who may have personal doubts.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on March 13, there have been 529,301 deaths from Covid-19 out of 29,113,651 total known cases. That is 1 death for every 55.0 cases.
Also reported on the CDC website (March 13), “Over 92 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through March 8, 2021. During this time, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 1,637 reports of death among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.”
The number of vaccination deaths (1,637) – out of 92 million vaccinations given – results in 1 death for every 56,200 vaccinations.
Given this data, the risk of you dying from Covid-19 if you become infected is 1,022 times greater than the risk of you dying from being vaccinated.
Regarding Covid-19 risks versus vaccine risks, Dr. Robert E. Oshel, former Associate Director for Research and Disputes for the National Practitioner Data Bank, said it quite well:
Only if you are virtually certain that you could never be exposed to Covid-19 and become infected would it be safer not to be vaccinated. I don’t think that (this data) is particularly disturbing. In fact, that seems pretty safe to me in comparison to the risk from Covid-19. I’d rather take the vaccine risk instead of the risk of getting Covid-19 and its serious complications or death. I’d also prefer taking that small personal risk over the possibility of becoming infected and passing the virus on to others and potentially causing their deaths.
The effectiveness data for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines appear to clearly outweigh their risks. Of course, if you have certain medical risks, it is always advisable to consult with your physician about your particular medical situation.
Through March 12, the number of administered vaccines in the U.S. was 101,128,005 – which includes both first and second doses. Below is the breakdown by vaccine type:
New data from the CDC suggests that Americans have been remarkably vigilant about getting their second Covid-19 shot.
Any hesitancy that I may have had about Covid-19 vaccines are now a thing of the past.
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