Ronald R. Cherry
It is important for truthful scientific information regarding messenger RNA (m-RNA) COVID-19 vaccines, both Pfizer and Moderna, to become widely understood by Americans. During clinical studies m-RNA vaccines for COVID-19 were 80% effective starting 7 days after the first injection, and 95% effective starting 7 days after the second injection. The Israeli Health Ministry has observed Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to be 99% effective in preventing hospitalization, serious disease and death for those who are past two weeks from the second dose. m-RNA coronavirus vaccines are extremely effective in the real world a week after the second dose, just as demonstrated in clinical studies.
Pain at the injection site is common; low grade fever, fatigue, muscle aches or headaches may occur, usually on day 2 or 3 and usually lasting about 1 day. There were no deaths from these m-RNA vaccines during clinical trials involving 40,000 people. Very serious side effects are rare, less than 0.003%, which should be balanced against the overall 1.7% case fatality rate of COVID-19 in the United States, which of course is much higher in the elderly and those with co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, immunosuppression, or underlying heart, lung or kidney disease, and balanced against the 12% mortality in those hospitalized with COVID-19.
m-RNA vaccines are only active in a person's cell cytoplasm where they attach to ribosomes in the process of producing SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins (not the virus its self), thereby inducing natural immunity against the Coronavirus. These vaccines do not enter the cell nucleus and have no biologic power to affect our genetic code or inheritance. These m-RNA vaccines do not empower others to track your position or movements – a truly wild and scientifically uninformed conspiracy theory. These m-RNA vaccines do not contain mercury. These m-RNA vaccines are not produced using animal cells or tissue. These m-RNA vaccines are not produced using fetal cells or tissue, aborted or otherwise. These m-RNA vaccines will not cause you to become positive for SARS-CoV-2 by nasal swab RNA testing.
It is believed by most vaccine authorities that, in pregnant women and their fetuses, the risk of harm from COVID-19 illness is greater than the risk of m-RNA vaccine. Pregnant women and those of childbearing potential should discuss this issue with their OB-GYN physician. There is no scientific evidence that these m-RNA vaccines can cause infertility. People with a history of anaphylaxis to prior vaccines, and those with known allergic reactions to polyethylene glycol or polysorbate 80, should consult with a Board-Certified Allergist before receiving any vaccine. Vaccination is recommended even for those who have recovered from COVID-19 illness; the best timing for this is about 2 or 3 months after recovery. The CDC recommends a two injection regimen spaced three or four weeks apart, however recent research indicates that survivors of COVID-19 develop adequate immunity after only one m-RNA injection. I was vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 m-RNA vaccines in the standard two injection regimen, experiencing arm soreness at the injection site with both, and some fatigue and body aches after the second. I am witness to the incredible destructiveness to human organs in patients who develop critical COVID-19 illness, thus I fear the disease and not these wonderful vaccines.Ronald R. Cherry, MD
Board Certified Pulmonologist
© Ronald R. Cherry
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