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[ I’m Not Really Keen On Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine. Here’s Why. ]What a vaccine does contain
According to the World Health Organization,
Vaccines contain weakened or inactive parts of a particular organism (antigen) that triggers an immune response within the body. Newer vaccines contain the blueprint for producing antigens rather than the antigen itself. Regardless of whether the vaccine is made up of the antigen itself or the blueprint so that the body will produce the antigen, this weakened version will not cause the disease in the person receiving the vaccine, but it will prompt their immune system to respond much as it would have on its first reaction to the actual pathogen. Some vaccines require multiple doses, given weeks or months apart. This is sometimes needed to allow for the production of long-lived antibodies and development of memory cells. In this way, the body is trained to fight the specific disease-causing organism, building up memory of the pathogen so as to rapidly fight it if and when exposed in the future.
For the COVID-19 coronavirus particles, the vaccine contains inactivated fragments of their messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) identifier strands:
The vaccines contain synthetic mRNA, which is genetic information used to make the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. The spike protein is the part of the virus that attaches to human cells. The spike protein alone cannot cause COVID-19. Once the spike protein is created it causes the immune system to make antibodies against the virus. These antibodies can the provide protection if a person comes into contact with the virus. The mRNA vaccines are noninfectious and do not enter the human cell nucleus so it cannot be inserted into human DNA. Additionally, mRNA is rapidly broken down, and this theoretically reduces chances for long term side effects.
The assumption behind this entire sequence of events is that the immune system can create antibodies that can hopefully detect the actual mRNA of the virus that creates the spike protein, such that the immune system is able to respond adequately and tag the virus for destruction.
The problem with this assumption is that it assumes that our immune system is capable of destroying all this RNA rapidly.
Because let’s face the elephant in the room: all these studies about the vaccines only focus about the immune system generating the necessary antibodies to tag the virus, and we then assume that the destruction is rapid.