Covid-19 Vaccines Save Lives

This is not a contentious fact

Gideon M-K; Health Nerd


Pictured: Lifesaving. Literally. Source: SELF Magazine

Note: because I know people will say silly things, I have never been paid by any pharmaceutical companies, hold no interests in drugs of any kind, and am funded entirely by the Australian state and federal governments, as well as a bit of money that I get from locking my stories on Medium for you all to read.

Vaccines are always a contentious intervention, because they involve giving perfectly healthy people a medical intervention to prevent future disease. While we are pretty happy telling people with pre-diabetes to exercise, there’s something inherently scary about having an injection whose only purpose is to stop you from getting an infection at some point in the future.

It’s natural to be a bit nervous about immunizations. I’ve written about this before — as health experts we should be entirely comfortable admitting that it is a bit nerve-wracking to get a needle in your arm regardless of the evidence. Unfortunately, this modest fear provides ample ground for disingenuous people to stoke terror through total disinformation campaigns whose only purpose is preventing vaccinations.