Part of my long email on the vaccine
Whether taking the COVID-19 vaccine is a risk management question. I would consider these issues when I consider whether I will take the vaccine:
1. The side effects of the vaccines. I want to remind people that none of the vaccines have been approved by any health organization in any country
. All the available vaccines have been authorized for emergency use only. This means that the safety of the vaccines has not fully established. In particularly, the long term side effects of all these vaccines are unknown. Since so many people have been killing by COVID-19, the emergency use of these vaccines should be used to save the high risk people (partially as a gamble and partially supported by the results of vaccine trials).
Hence, the key consideration is whether you are high risk enough to become very sick so that you are better to gamble on the safety of the vaccine.
Under various pressures from political interests and business owners, the health experts and governments in almost all countries recommend most people to take COVID-19 vaccines or even force people to take the vaccine. The main point is that none of the vaccines has been approved for general use and we should NOT yet apply these vaccines to the general public. A good discussion of this issue is https://us.yahoo.com/news/fda-didnt-approve-pfizers-covid-130011430.html
Therefore, all the governments and the health experts are lying and they have bypassed the scientific approval procedure: Asking most people to take the vaccine is effectively approved the vaccines for general public. European, American (both north and south) and some Middle East countries have handled the pandemic so badly that they hope they can vaccine out the crisis. Anyway, they are simply irresponsible and are gambling. Furthermore, as the authorities want more people to take vaccines, they begin to play down the side effects. Summing up, I am questioning the honesty of the authorities because the authorities all over the world appear to be lying and they have bypassed the scientific approval procedure.
3. The chance one will be infected. Actually, I do NOT recommend ANY Hongkongers to take any COVID-19 vaccines because we have very few cases. The chance of getting infected in Hong Kong is so low that it does not worth to take the risk of taking vaccines that are only authorized for emergency use. For those multi-generation American families of five that are living in a 60 square feet small rooms in San Francisco or Los Angeles, their chance of getting infected is so high and it is so easy to pass the virus to their older family members that I recommend that they should take the vaccines as soon as they can. Although some families in Hong Kong are still living in a 60 square feet small rooms, they are no longer share the toilet/bath room with other families after the SARS pandemic in 2003. Furthermore, Hong Kong has so few COVID-19 cases that Hongkongers should definitely not take vaccines in near future.
Summing up, do not take vaccines which has authorized for emergency use blindly. You need to ask yourself your living style (stay at home most of the time or going out to the pubs frequently), your environment, your health status, the infection rate in your region, and which vaccine you will take.
One last word, do not read the anti-vaccine essays because the essays have no substances. This email is NOT anti-vaccine and I just points out the governments around the world have bypassed the scientific approval procedure
and have recommended COVID-19 vaccines to the general public while those vaccines have only authorized scientifically for emergency use.