How is the cancer medical community responding to the volume of articles out there saying the the COVID vaccine is not a vaccine at all, but just a way to take control of our immune system among other things? These articles discourage taking the vaccine.
Reference a recent article here:
I am a cancer patient with CLL and am just trying to make sense of all of this.
Thanks for the question. Please consider the validity of the sources you are using:
In 2005, 2006, and 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Dr. Mercola and his company that they were making illegal claims for their products’ ability to detect, prevent, and treat disease.
Consider this instead from The Conversation in Australia written by 5 MDs that makes much more sense to me.
As vaccine experts, we hear these concerns all the time, and it’s normal to have questions about a vaccine.
The good news is that scientists have already been testing COVID-19 vaccines for months. For starters, serious side-effects are very, very rare. And, together with what we know about previous vaccines, if side-effects are going to occur, they usually happen within a few months after getting a vaccine. This is why international medical regulators, including Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), require the first few months of safety data before approving new vaccines. This, plus information coming from vaccine recipients in the northern hemisphere, gives us confidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
In fact, most side-effects occur within the first one or two days.
What do we know about long-term side effects?
Since December, more than 200 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine worldwide — more than the total number of people who have been infected with the virus (112 million).
Given the sheer number of vaccines administered to date, common, uncommon and rare side-effects would have been detected by now. What’s more, we’ve been testing these vaccines in clinical trials since mid-2020, and both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have shown excellent safety results.
We’ve also seen some people raise concerns online about mRNA vaccines:
mRNA is not the same as DNA (your genes), and it cannot combine with our DNA to change our genetic code. mRNA vaccines do not affect or interact with DNA in any way. So we can be assured there’ll be no long-term DNA-altering effects from these vaccine
Hope this helps
Please check out my article on vaccines for CLL patients: https://cllsociety.org/2021/01/cll-societys-official-statement-concerning-sars-cov-2-vaccine-in-cll-patients/
It should answer most of your questions.