People who believe not knowing what’s in the generic store brand of bologna they eat is good enough reason to be injected with the new vaccine, are putting their names on lists. They want to know where and when right away. Stab me, please.
The more skeptical among us prefer keeping a low profile until they are ensured of the vaccine not causing the total eradication of the human race. Should this not come to fruition, no problem, they’ll roll up their shirtsleeves and hop in the properly six-foot distanced line with the other last-minute skeptics.
We’ve already got a man down in the final frontier of Alaska. He’s a frontline healthcare worker who is fit as a fiddle and has never been allergic to anything he has ever swallowed or come in contact with. Until now.
Three witnesses told The New York Times that after receiving his first of the two required Pfizer concocted coronavirus injections, the healthcare worker required hospitalization for a serious reaction.
Reports of Bells Palsy causing temporary facial paralysis have been reported elsewhere. Though frightening and uncomfortable, the condition is short-lived and life returns to normal.
The worker’s reaction is still being observed, but the attending physicians believe it to be anaphylactic in nature. This can occur when the body is introduced to an allergen such as a drug, foreign protein, toxin, or in his case, a fresh off the shelf new vaccine from Pfizer.
Two similar type reactions were reported in the U.K. as a result of a vaccine jointly created by BioNTech and Pfizer. Both people experienced serious reactions landing them in the hospital the same as the Alaskan worker who requested anonymity. Both of the U.K. patients have recovered.
Because of the U.K.s two reactions, British health officials sent out a warning to anyone with a history of any type of severe reaction to anything. They sternly advised anyone falling within this category to avoid the vaccine.
They later amended the warning to only include those with a history of anaphylactic type reactions to food, medicines, or vaccines. They tried to play the two reactions off by saying they were very rare, but with a vaccine this new, how can they be so certain. Their advice was to at least avoid it for the short-term.
In response to the British government’s warning, the FDA promised they would require Pfizer to strictly monitor for these types of occurrences. Especially with the vaccine beginning to receive such widespread distribution, it’s more important than ever to keep track of any and all negative reactions.
The CDC, in an opposite approach from the U.K., said that those with serious allergies are still okay to receive the vaccine. BUT. They must be closely monitored for 30 minutes after being vaccinated. Probably so they’ll be a witness the person’s throat expanding, their eyes crusting up, and their chest heaving up and down as they’re gasping for air. Just in case this should happen.
Considering how the Pfizer’s vaccine was developed under an emergency use authorization and was granted emergency approval to unleash it on the public, who knows what remains to be seen.
A second vaccine developed by Moderna will be going into syringes near you in the next few days or so, also via an emergency approval. Absolutely nobody anywhere has one clue what nasty side effects it’s going to bring with it.
At this point, receiving the vaccine remains an individual choice. Biden could change all of that by mandating it. Going door to door and all that. And who knows? Maybe they’ll go ahead and pick up your guns while they’re there to avoid a second trip.