Since the release of the coronavirus vaccines, much has been reported about their potential side effects (last by Podcaster Joe Rogan).
In truth, the risk of the coronavirus vaccines is microscopic. A good way to understand this is to compare them to common over-the-counter pain relievers.
Take aspirin. as dr Nathan Grills from the University of Melbourne mention, that, this drug has all kinds of rare but bad side effects – certain types of heart failure, punches, intestinal bleeding, and on and on. A study estimated that for 50-year-old men taking 325 milligrams of aspirin daily had a 10.4 per 100,000 person-year risk of death.
Paracetamol (commonly known as Tylenol) is even worse. This drug is both less helpful than aspirin and much easier to overdose than people think. Take just a little bit more than the maximum recommended dose and serious complications ensue. It’s also a brutal Overdose Mechanism – if not caught in time there is basically no way to prevent one slow and painful death from liver failure. ONE Study 2006 estimated that over a year acetaminophen overdoses were responsible for 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and 458 deaths – 100 of them accidental. In addition, the drug may have additional rare side effects, such as: hormonal imbalance or asthma.
Let’s compare with the coronavirus vaccines. The most serious complications reported after many billions of doses administered are abnormal blood clots with the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (produced using traditional technology) and heart swelling with the Pfizer/Moderna mRNA syringes. The risk of clotting is so small it may not even exist – some studies have found a few dozen cases of clotting and a handful of deaths in hundreds of millions of doses of AstraZeneca/J&J administered, but the European Medical Agency closed AstraZeneca, at least not really increase risk of clotting. There appears to be a risk of heart swelling with mRNA vaccines, particularly for young men, but it is extremely small – a 2.13 out of 100,000 risk according to a study, or a 23 in 2.8 million risk in another. In addition, in the vast majority of cases, the swelling was mild and recovery was rapid.
In short, the coronavirus vaccines carry a risk of serious side effects that is about an order of magnitude lower than the risk of Die regular use of aspirin (eg half of adults over 45 do) and have virtually no risk of death.
In any case, it would of course be wrong to ban aspirin because it is so has many advantages: improving heart health in some populations, reducing the risk of some cancers, and so on (although personally I wouldn’t allow acetaminophen to be sold over the counter anymore). It just so happens that the benefits of aspirin come with little risk — so little that most nations don’t even bother requiring a doctor’s note to get it.
The coronavirus vaccines are both much, much more beneficial than aspirin and much, much less risky. There’s just no reason to get upset about them.