Pop the champagne! The J&J vaccine is here!
It’s time to shut up, line up, roll up your sleeve and gratefully accept whatever is offered to you.
“So these vaccines, the three of them, are exactly the same and nobody should turn away from any of them, you should take it.” (Dr. Ali Mokdad, University of Washington Medicine’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.)
But wait a minute, are they really “exactly the same?”
Moderna and Pfizer are 94 and 95% effective against getting Covid vs…
Initially J&J was 66% effective against getting Covid..although this morning the numbers seem to have improved to 72%. (Maybe the vaccine..like wine.. gets better with age.)
Johnson & Johnson said its COVID-19 vaccine is 85 percent effective in protecting against severe illness and 100 percent effective in preventing hospitalization or death from coronavirus.
So yeah, there seems to be a bit of ‘elasticity’ in the goals and figures here, but one thing is clear..we are to “take whatever we are offered”
..the experts all agree on that!
A few months ago these same experts were touting this brand new, super exciting, game changing, mRNA advanced technology. This morning I read an article that listed the advantages of the J&J vaccine.. one of them being “it uses established technology.” (UW Professor of Medicine and Head of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Division, Anna Wald)
“Established technology…” that’s the same as the “old technology”..right?
As has been the case so many times over the past months, I just can’t shake the feeling that facts are being massaged for the sole purpose of manipulating people’s behavior.
Just give me the data for heaven’s sake..
and then stop talking.
We’re smart enough to understand that the J&J vaccine is probably not as effective as the Moderna or the Pfizer in preventing Covid completely ..BUT.. we are also smart enough to understand that getting the J&J vaccine in an environment where so many others are also getting vaccinated can only be a good thing..right?
Could getting the possibly inferior J&J in this setting of mass vaccinations be enough?
Potentially, hopefully so..
So just stop the sales job..it makes people suspicious.
Yesterday at Home Depot I was looking at a large display of orchids. A woman came over to look as well and within minutes we were a bit too close. We jockeyed our carts to move around each other and I made a joke that we were doing the Covid shuffle. We laughed and then both admitted how mentally fatiguing this whole thing has been.
Covid is bad enough, but the “shuffle” around it has been exhausting, confusing and so endlessly irritating.