Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Mina Hirmiz

Over the past year, doctors and scientists have tried to find a solution or vaccine to help decrease the cases of COVID-19. As individuals started to receive the vaccines, many have had a bad experience. There are people who are not receiving vaccines due to the fear of different controversies surrounding them. Because there has been limited time spent on the COVID vaccines, and there are unhealthy side effects that effected some individuals, the COVID vaccines are not safe.

According to a CNN health article, “Past vaccine disasters show why rushing a coronavirus vaccine now would be ‘colossally stupid’.” (Sep. 1) by Jen Christensen, “For a vaccine to be FDA approved, scientists much gather enough data through clinical trials in large numbers of volunteers to prove it is safe and effective at protecting people against a disease. Once the data is collected, FDA advisers usually spend months considering it. Otherwise, vaccines have had to go through the entire clinical trial process and FDA approval process, which can take months or years. When the vaccine making process has been rushed, there have been bad outcomes. One, the vaccine might not be safe. Two, if it is not safe, people will lose faith on the vaccine. Three, if a vaccine does not offer complete protection, people will have a false sense of security and increase their risk.”

The process of creating a formula and or vaccine to decrease or potentially prevent a disease takes many months, even years to be fully authorized. Even with advanced technology, it does not take away there can be complications and some false data. People encountered many side effects, such as headaches, which is a main and reoccurring one, and can be normal.

People do not trust the authorities when they say the vaccine prevents COVID. There are doubts. Researchers said themselves that the vaccines will not protect people from COVID for a lifetime, the longest the vaccines will prevent the virus is six months. That is why some people are hesitant about receiving the vaccines. They are afraid of a poor outcome and for the minimal time scientists spent on research and clinical trials.

According to CNN health article, “Why was the Johnson and Johnson vaccine paused?” (April 15) by Holly Yan, “Health officials paused the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after six reported cases of blood clots among the 7.7 million people who received the vaccine. Scientists are trying to determine whether those and other cases are linked to the shot. The six cases were among women between the ages of 18-48, and symptoms occurred 6-13 days after vaccination, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. For now, both agencies have recommended pausing the use of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.”

After they became public, people got scared about getting the vaccine. Even if there is a chance that someone can get such drastic side effects, they should not get the vaccine, as it can cause severe pain. The outcome of this problem probably occurred due to the limited time spent on them. The authorities assured everyone that it is safe, but the effects are getting too severe to keep providing these vaccines. People are starting to lose trust and as more people are receiving these vaccines, there are more accusations to them.

In addition, authorities are not reacting to these accusations. They are not reassuring anyone that they are safe, which would help them if they did. They are also not taking necessary precautions due to these vaccines. Another well-organized lockdown can reduce these cases even faster. It will also comfort individuals and help them financially with unemployment. It is a better chance than providing these vaccines that can potentially harm people and for only six months of protection.