A week ago I received at COVID-19 vaccine injection as a part of a Phase 1 clinical trial.
Basically this is same vaccine and trial described here except the trial has expanded to include an older age group. I am in a group receiving the highest dose 250 mcg. In a week I will be tested to antibodies. In a few weeks, I am supposed to receive a booster shot. The vaccine is called mRNA-1273 and has messenger RNA that is used by the virus to build the spikes it uses to attach to cells. There is no live or dead virus itself in the vaccine so there should be no danger of actually getting COVID-19. This is a Phase 1 trial. That means the objective is to determine if the vaccine is safe and has few or no side effects. It is not to determine the effectiveness of the vaccine. The effects I’ve noticed so far are not different from what one might experience with a routine flu shot.
Some may opposed to the use of vaccines. I would disagree with them. Vaccines are not risk-free but, on balance and if they are properly tested, I would say the benefit far outweighs the risk. I don’t think there is an either/or choice between vaccines and other natural remedies and common sense healthy living. We need to exercise, eat right, drink sufficient water, sleep well, etc. Even doing those things are not likely to make you immune to the virus even though they may somewhat mitigate its impact. In the case of COVID-19, it seems some of us are particularly susceptible to the disease and others not.
Whether this vaccine works and how well will probably not be known to any degree until Phase 2 trials. There is a very sobering interview with Donald McNeil about COVID-19 and the prospects for a vaccine. Apparently vaccines for coronaviruses are particularly difficult to make.