Episode #70 Get The Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is remarkably safe, incredibly effective, and it gives us hope for the future. In this week’s important and informative episode, Dr. Michael Brown engages in a timely conversation with soon-to-be Dr. Justin Brown about the primary reason this pandemic will soon come to an end.

Show Notes

As I stood in line, I felt like I was beaming. I was so excited. The moment I had the needle in my arm, I started crying. I’m even feeling emotional talking about it. And it wasn’t because there was pain but because there was relief.
Dr. Justin Brown

Seven Problems

  • Although in varying degrees, it is undeniable that every single human being has been impacted by COVID-19.
  • At the time of this recording, over 100 million people worldwide have been infected by COVID-19, and at least 2 million have died as a result.
  • As many of 15% of individuals infected with COVID-19 require hospitalization, as many as 5% of individuals require transfer to an intensive care unit, and as many as 2% die.
  • Many people who recover from COVID-19 have persistent and life-altering symptoms, even among young and previously healthy individuals.
  • We often confuse an attitude of distrust for a devotion to critical thinking.
  • Medical professionals in the United States have historically provided lower quality care to patients of color, and inequities in health delivery and outcomes still exist today.
  • Conspiracy theories may develop when we misunderstand evidence or make inaccurate assumptions about the quality of evidence.

Twelve Principles

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is not forever, and in fact, it is coming to a close.
  • Widespread vaccination has eradicated diseases that were previously prevalent across the world.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most effective vaccines ever developed.
  • The vast majority of individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine have minor side effects like a sore arm, achiness, tiredness, or a fever.
  • We are about 1000 times more likely to die from a COVID-19 infection than we are to have a severe allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Although the long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccine have not been fully evaluated, these sorts of effects are incredibly rare with vaccines of any kind due to the way that vaccines work.
  • There is no evidence to support any negative impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on fertility.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine was developed so quickly not because corners were cut but because red tape was cut.
  • The mechanism of the COVID-19 vaccine is new but not unknown, as research surrounding mRNA vaccines have been ongoing for over a decade.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any amount of the COVID-19 virus.
  • The development of an immune response to vaccine components is far more natural than artificial.
  • There is some emerging evidence that both the Pfizer and Moderna formulations of the COVID-19 vaccine may lessen disease severity, prevent asymptomatic infection, and even possibly reduce COVID-19 transmission.

Seven Reasons We Distrust Science

  • Confusing terminology
  • Changing recommendations
  • Conflicting evidence
  • Celebration of skepticism
  • Conclusions reached
  • Controlled by emotions
  • Concerning realities

Five Vaccine Best-Practices

  • Consider the personal benefits of trusting medical providers today, even if you have been hurt or neglected by medical providers in the past.
  • Investigate strong evidence more closely than you investigate weak evidence.
  • Even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, continue to social distance and wear a mask around people outside of your household until official guidelines and evidence-based recommendations change.
  • When you cannot confidently answer a question, defer until you have more evidence rather than making an uneducated guess.
  • If you have any concerns or questions about whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your doctor or other primary care provider.