Moderna seems to have less side effects that Pfizer. AstraZeneca is similar to Johnson and Johnson vaccine. If I have a choice (I’m in the group last in line for vaccination), I’ll probably take the J&J vaccine; despite its “C” rating in my previous post, all these vaccines are moral. And the JJ vaccine is said to be one shot instead of two shots. This is a great advantage, as the govt is now saying that they do not have any vaccines in reserve for second shots, and some persons who received Moderna might receive Pfizer as their second shot, or vice versa. A single-shot vaccine is preferable. So far, also JJ seems to have the fewest side effects. AZ and JJ are more traditional vaccine types than Moderna and Pfizer.
All things considered, I would prefer JJ over the others now available. However, if Novavax becomes available, depending on what their Phase II and III studies may show, that might be even better. We don’t know at this point.
The vacinne situation is a nightmare. I live in Indiana and am in the 70 yr. old group – now eligible for vacination. Would you believe that the soonest I can get the vacinne is mid May! What a joke. On top of that I am informed by a reliable health care professional that Indiana is disposing of major amounts of vacinne because they are not staffed to provide the shots fast enough. It’s a disgrace.
If you have already gotten the first dose of Pfizer can you avoid the second dose and take the JJ?
If you had the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna, and did not have bad side effects, you should probably just take the second dose. You could just take the JJ vaccine, if it is a one-dose vaccine. But we don’t really have any studies on what might happen. Theoretically, there’s no reason to think it would be bad, but no one can be certain. I’d take the second dose.
I just received my first dose of the Moderna today. Other than some arm pain, no side effects. I read where the second shot is when most of the side effects are felt.
Thanks for letting us know. I’d be interested to find out what the second shot is like also.
Did anyone ever consider the fact that this has been rushed and there hasn’t been adequate research that has shown any reliability; and thus, any validity? Has it occurred to anyone that there was a large number of people who were infected with this virus, which has existed for some time, survived it, and are now immune? Has anyone wondered how it is that the numbers are increasing if we already have a large population taking all kinds of protective measures (many controlled by state orders), while at the same time we see there is a large surviving population that is immune? It’s like chicken pox; it will not come back. Why take the vaccine if you already had it? Did anyone notice that perhaps all the confusion and mess may be God protecting us from something that could be devastating in the long run? I am not against vaccine or anything science; I think it’s the greatest thing from God but I step back and wonder. Many many biologists, doctors, and other experts, here in the US, and outside (Argentina, Spain, etc) are very very weary about all of them. If there seems to be too much chaos, an increase number of immunity, too fast to push it out, I would step back and stay in peace. Let it evolve before jumping on it. Fear can lead to impulsive and actions that will not be good for you or anyone. Just a passing thought.
Trust God. All is for a reason
There’s quite a few remarks here that are nonsensical to me as an ER nurse. I have had both pfizer shots, and yes they’re awful, but they beat actually having covid19 by a long shot. So, when you can, get both injections from the same manufacturer as this is what vaccinators are trying to do because of different side effect profiles from each manufacturer. Some immune responses are quite robust, reportedly more so from Pfizer, less so from Moderna. No one is throwing vaccine away due to lack of vaccinators. That is ludicrous. There are plenty of qualified nurses who can give the medication, and even more people who are in need and willing to accept. I have spoken personally to many who are waiting eagerly. Opting not to receive the vaccine is a choice, but in the name of establishing herd immunity which can only be done through large numbers of vaccinated individuals, failure to acceptknowing what this virus does especially to immunocompromised people for example, has moral consequences. I understand trepidation about getting the shot, but people are no longer following social distancing guidelines for a number of reasons. Families are getting together against orders, and the virus is thriving because of it. State orders are being violated, and no, this virus not go away like chicken pox. Covid19 is different In that it will surge and crash seasonally, and will likely remain an annual threat like much like the flu. It hasn’t been provoked yet, but the vaccine will do this, and covid19 will mutate and prove it is deviant. It is here to stay, and is dangerous.
How did case and death totals for January in the US compare to your projection?
My article at Covid.us.org was updated after the first week in January thusly:
“DATA from first 7 days of January, 2021:
“1,709,593 cases and 20,020 deaths, 7 day totals
“244,228 cases and 2,860 deaths, per day average
“7,571,055 cases and 88,660 deaths predicted based on per day average x 31 days.”
Actual results were 6,321,575 cases and 98,064 deaths for Jan. 2021.
The original estimate of 18 to 25 million new cases fell very far short for one of only a few possible reasons. First, the spread of the cases was limited by how many persons had already been infected among those who are at highest risk of infection. Or, two, we really did have over 10 million new cases, but the hospitals were full, and so many cases were turned away and never reported. Deaths are not likely to be miscounted in that way, so we can estimate cases from deaths. December deaths were 1.21% of reported cases, and January actual deaths were 98,064 divided by 0.012015 to be precise, gives us actual cases for January of 8.1 million, rather than the 6.32 million reported cases. And that is an underreporting of about 22%.
But since cases are usually unreported, it’s an additional under reporting, due to hospitals being full, i think.