In my country (in europe) the hospitals are overwhelmed, intensive care are already short staffed due to covid and burnout, they've had all their annual leave cancelled, so they cannot increase the number of beds and keep saying they are a hair's breadth away from having to triage who gets a bed in the IC. In the mean time people who need urgent cancer or heart surgery are having their surgeries cancelled/postponed. God knows what happens if you need a colectomy for UC. I haven't been able to see my GI in over a year because they only do phone consultations, and i have other minor health problems that I'm not even going to bother trying to fix until covid has eased off.
Meanwhile I'm watching what's happening in India and Brazil, it's heartbreaking. India is the world's biggest vaccine manufacturer yet still doesn't produce enough to support its own population. We have factories in europe but they cant produce enough.
And only a tiny tiny percent of people in Africa have been vaccinated.
And then I see people saying "I don't want this vaccine because <insert whatever reason>" while others would give anything to be protected.
I have taken an Astrazeneca vaccine even though it is likely less effective than an mRNA one and more dangerous with the proven blood clot risk, because the urgent advice from my GI was please take the first vaccine offered, to protect yourself and others.
In my country also the GPs have been throwing away unused Astrazeneca vaccines at the end of the day, because people don't even bother to notify them that they won't be coming for their appointment, and the vials are opened at the start of the day and must be used within 7 hours.
So yes, I'm a little bit impatient when people are offered a vaccine with >90% efficacy and no known major side effects, and come up with a reason why it's not good enough for them.
I totally agree with you. I am a teacher and received the Pfizer vaccine back in February. No issue and I am on Humira. Slight changes can cause issues for me and I had absolutely no issues. I asked my GI and GP and both said get it. I was talking to a nurse at the doctor’s office last week and she said when the Drs leave a room after talking to a patient who doesn’t want the vaccine for whatever reason they heard about
or read about
on social media she thinks their heads are going to explode.
I am in a study in the US that checks antibodies of IBD patients receiving the vaccine and also checks symptoms and so far no real changes to people’s IBD and they do find an antibody response to the vaccine.