The short answer is, it depends. When the vaccines came out at the end of 2020 and early 2021, the Pfizer vaccine appeared to have the lowest side effects and had high efficacy. Based on the available data, I felt that individuals with high risk of mortality from Covid should probably be vaccinated and should probably take the Pfizer vaccine over the other ones.
However, given lack of long term data regarding these new vaccines using the mRNA technology, I was very hesitant to recommend them for younger individuals who did not have any risk factors and instead I recommended everyone to take vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C supplements to boost their immune system and protect themselves from Covid and other respiratory infections.
As I have learned more about the side effects of the vaccines and potential future side effects as warned by many physicians and scientists, I no longer recommend the vaccines for people who have previously recovered from Covid due to increased rate of side effects from the vaccines in these individuals.
In addition, the vaccine efficacy in preventing Covid infections appear to be markedly diminished with the new strains of the virus as was predictable from our past experience with respirator viruses such as the Flu. Covid, cold and the Flu viruses mutate and change which makes it hard to get rid of them. Covid virus is unfortunately here to stay and we will have to live with it.
Some of the vaccine reactions are mild and some reactions have been severe and have resulted in hospitalizations and severe long term health problems and rarely even death. They include rare cases of cardiac muscle damage, strokes, DVT, and autoimmune type neurological reactions including myelitis which appear to increase in frequency as more people are vaccinated. The reactions tend to be worse in people who have recovered from Covid. I no longer recommend the vaccinations to be given to the young low risk individuals due to the potential risk of the vaccines in many cases outweighing the benefit.
I disagree with vaccination mandates as we know that the vaccines can clearly cause serious risks of adverse effects in the young and healthy individuals who can certainly protect themselves by other means (see How to Protect Yourself from Covid-19?). I recommend everyone to take vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc supplements and eat foods high in Quercetin (red onions, blue berries, apples, oranges, and many green vegetables) to help prevent all viral illnesses including Covid-19.
Even if you have been vaccinated, you can still get Covid and end up in the hospital as we are seeing across the world in many countries with very high vaccination rates. Even if you get Covid-19, the illness tends to be milder and significantly less fatal if you take the immune boosting regimen recommended by many doctors worldwide based on their experience (see the Quercetin study).
Key to survival from a Covid-19 infection is early treatment. The earlier HCQ and Ivermectin are started, the better they work. By the time patients have been hospitalized, these treatments do not appear to work anymore although high dose vitamin D has been shown to decrease both severity and mortality in vitamin D deficient individuals who make up the vast majority of the hospitalized population. For high risk individuals, IV anti-bodies can be administered early to prevent a more serious illnesses. IV steroids have improved mortality in more severe illnesses.
Covid-19 vaccinations are a medical procedure that require informed consent like any other medical procedures and vaccination mandates circumvent the long established rights of individuals to consent or not to consent to a medical procedure which has potential for serious side effects or even death. You should take the vaccine if you accept the risks and believe that the benefits outweigh the risks. If you are over 65 years of age with multiple medical problems, it is very reasonable to take the vaccine.
Disclosure: The above recommendations are based on my own review of numerous studies, web posts, and recommendations and my own observation of vaccine side effects in one member of my own family as well as observations by many other doctors with whom I have been in contact. While some members of my family have been vaccinated, I and other members of my family have elected not to get vaccinated due to religious beliefs.
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