I got vaccinated. Before doing so, I did thorough research to determine its safety and efficacy. Below is what I learned about the vaccine from scientific literature and clinical trial data:
Is the COVID Vaccine Safe?
- It is NOT a piece of the COVID virus; but rather it is an mRNA (“messenger RNA”: a single-strand RNA molecule that is complementary to one of the DNA strands of a gene), so the risk of infection by the vaccine itself is extremely low.
- Millions have received vaccine injections, and very few related infections have been reported.
- The few allergic reactions that have been reported are mainly from people who have other allergies to things like preservatives.
- The vaccine is very effective and offers 95% protection from contracting COVID.
- There is currently no information available about whether or not a person can be a silent carrier after being vaccinated.
- There is no evidence that the vaccine affects fertility.
- With over 25 million COVID positive cases reported in the U.S., and the fact that there is 3:1 ratio of asymptomatic to symptomatic cases, we may conclude that the actual amount of people infected is 80 million, i.e., 25% or 1 in every 4 Americans is infected! So if a one has close contact with 4 random people on the street, he/she has a nearly 100% chance of being exposed!
- The new COVID strain from the UK is 70% more contagious, and by February there will be an estimated 500,000 related deaths in our country.
- Immunity with the vaccine seems to be lasting longer than post-infection immunity.
- Once 70-80% of the population gets vaccinated, herd immunity will be reached and only then will the virus NO LONGER spread!
Bottom line: The benefits of the vaccine significantly outweigh the risks, so I encourage all of you to get it done as soon as it is available to you!
Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude), PhD (laser physics) is a world-renowned laser eye surgeon and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of the 501c(3) non-profit Common Ground Network (www.commonground.network), which is publishing the Common Ground Bible Study, the first book of its kind related to the concept of common ground for Christians.
Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries worldwide, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge. Dr. Wang was named the Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year for his lifelong dedication to helping blind, orphan children from around the world.
Dr. Wang’s autobiography, From Darkness to Sight, is currently being made into a movie.
Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD, Co-founder, Common Ground Network, [email protected], www.drmingwang.com