Who should not get the Covid-19 vaccine?

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Everyone is waiting for the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines as they are considered the light at the end of the tunnel. Some feel that through vaccination, we have a fighting chance against the Covid-19 virus. There are those, however, who are not so confident while other openly declared that they will not allow themselves to be vaccinated.

The question, though, is—if people should be vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus, are there people who should not get the vaccine as well? Are these the older members of society, the immunocompromised or those with known allergic reactions to vaccines? Many know that even a simple flu vaccine can cause reactions, what more a new and still largely untested, one?

Are the vaccines really necessary?

Dr. Regina Pascua-Berba, Associate Professor, UP College of Medicine and Head of Hospital Infection Control at UP-PGH, and Chief, Division of Adult Medicine, Department of Medicine of UP-PGH, said yes and that the best way to stop the virus is to build enough Covid-19 specific immunity.

She said no virus has ever eliminated itself by inducing natural immunity and only “herd immunity” or protection induced by vaccination can eliminate viruses.

“We need to trust the system that our vaccines are safe even if they were developed quickly. They underwent trials that were large enough to detect any major safety concerns, and were scrutinized not only by stringent global bodies but also independent scientists and experts. And there are ongoing monitoring of adverse events. Even as people are being vaccinated, they are being watched as well. So we need to trust what the government is providing us,” she said.

The basic premise is that these vaccines were tested safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they are issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).