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The Truth About Covid Vaccines

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

In 2021, news articles ran rampant with headlines such as "Pandemic of the Unvaccinated." Little did they know, the vaccine was not tested for safety and efficacy, which the unvaccinated knew. A year later, the tables have turned. There are now articles like "Pandemic of the Vaccinated," so let's talk about it.

Covid vaccine and germ

As someone with an online presence surrounding vaccine education, especially on TikTok, and who is often attacked for my stance regarding the covid vaccine, I figured it would be a great idea to provide my research.


Before we continue, let's discuss the definition of research according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary since I'm often told I can't do my own research if I am not a scientist and that reading studies doesn't equate to doing research (1):


Research noun

re·​search|\ ri-ˈsərch, ˈrē-ˌsərch/

1: studious inquiry or examination

especially: investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws

2: the collecting of information about a particular subject

3: careful or diligent search


Now that we've got that out of the way, and we understand that collecting information about a particular subject, in this case, the covid vaccine, is, in fact, research, let's discuss what you're here for.


As of November 2022, there are three types of covid vaccines approved or authorized for use in the United States: mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), viral vector (Novavax), and protein subunit (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) (2).


The most common places I have gathered information from have been censored online and removed from TikTok for misinformation, despite being official documents from Pfizer and Moderna, include:

If you've read my original article, How I Survived Covid-19 With An Autoimmune Disease, Naturally before it was revised, some of this may be repetitive. Still, it's much more extensive, and the primary focus is the research I've gathered regarding the safety and efficacy of the covid vaccine. Before we start, it's important to remember that studies have confirmed covid deaths were linked to unhealthy lifestyles (3)


Ingredients in Covid Vaccines

Dangers of Ingredients in Covid Vaccines

Risks of Covid Vaccines

My Thoughts on the Covid Vaccine

News Articles Regarding Covid Vaccines

How To Report a Vaccine Adverse Reaction

Additional Covid Vaccine Resources

 

Ingredients in Covid Vaccines

Let's start with the ingredients in each vaccine, so we can see their fantastic health benefits and analyze their safety.


Pfizer-BioNTech's COMIRNATY Gray Cap (12+ Years of Age)

As per the EUA Fact Sheet for Vaccination Providers: Each 0.3 mL dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine supplied in multiple-dose vials with gray caps and labels with gray borders also includes the following ingredients: lipids (0.43 mg ((4- hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 0.05 mg 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]- N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 0.09 mg 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and 0.19 mg cholesterol), 0.06 mg tromethamine, 0.4 mg tromethamine hydrochloride, and 31 mg sucrose (4).


Pfizer-BioNTech's COMIRNATY Orange Cap (5-11 Years of Age)

As per the EUA Fact Sheet for Vaccination Providers: Each 0.2 mL dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine supplied in multiple-dose vials with orange caps and labels with orange borders also includes the following ingredients: lipids (0.14 mg ((4- hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 0.02 mg 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]- N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 0.03 mg 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and 0.06 mg cholesterol), 10.3 mg sucrose, 0.02 mg tromethamine, and 0.13 mg tromethamine hydrochloride. The diluent (sterile 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP) contributes 0.9 mg sodium chloride per dose (5).


Pfizer-BioNTech's COMIRNATY Maroon Cap (6 Months - 4 Years of Age)

As per the EUA Fact Sheet for Vaccination Providers: Each 0.2 mL dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine supplied in multiple-dose vials with maroon caps and labels with maroon borders also include the following ingredients: lipids (0.04 mg ((4- hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 0.005 mg 2[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]- N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 0.01 mg 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and 0.02 mg cholesterol), 3.2 mg sucrose, 0.006 mg tromethamine, and 0.04 mg tromethamine hydrochloride. The diluent (sterile 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP) contributes 1.52 mg sodium chloride per dose (6).


Moderna's SPIKEVAX (6 Years of Age and Older)

As per the EUA Fact Sheet for Vaccination Providers: SPIKEVAX (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA), Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent contain the following ingredients: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate trihydrate, and sucrose (7).

Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine (6 Months - 5 Years of Age)

As per the EUA Fact Sheet for Vaccination Providers: The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains the following ingredients: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate trihydrate, and sucrose (8).


Novavax's Ingredients (12 Years of Age and Older)

As per the EUA Fact Sheet for Vaccination Providers: The Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted, contains a recombinant form of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein produced from baculovirus-infected Sf9 (fall armyworm) insect cells and Matrix- MTM adjuvant containing saponins derived from the soapbark tree (Quillaja saponaria Molina). Other ingredients include cholesterol, phosphatidylcholine, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium chloride, disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, sodium chloride, disodium hydrogen phosphate heptahydrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate, polysorbate 80, and water for injection. The vaccine may also contain small amounts of baculovirus and insect cell proteins, and DNA (9).


Johnson and Johnson's Janssen Ingredients

As per EUA Fact Sheet for Vaccination Providers: Each 0.5 mL dose of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is formulated to contain 5×1010 virus particles (VP) and the following inactive ingredients: citric acid monohydrate (0.14 mg), trisodium citrate dihydrate (2.02 mg), ethanol (2.04 mg), 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD) (25.50 mg), polysorbate-80 (0.16 mg), sodium chloride (2.19 mg). Each dose may also contain residual amounts of host cell proteins (≤0.15 mcg) and/or host cell DNA (≤3 ng) (10).


Dangers of Ingredients in Covid Vaccines

The covid vaccines have some gnarly ingredients if you ask me, but you're not here for my opinion, so let's discuss the facts regarding some of these ingredients:


Cholesterol

Cholesterol can be found in all the covid vaccines except Johnson and Johnson's Janssen vaccine.

Cholesterol is said to be used in the vaccine to protect the mRNA and provide somewhat of a “greasy” exterior that helps the mRNA slide inside the cells (11). First and foremost, what is cholesterol derived from? I tried to look further into this but could not find a definite answer. Nonetheless, cholesterol is only found in animal products (12), so this vaccine is not vegan-friendly (nor is it cruelty-free, considering they're tested on animals).


Interestingly enough, there was a case study of a patient with heterozygous FH (HeFH) and elevated triglycerides (TG), which were controlled with medication for years, yet experienced significantly elevated TG one day after receiving the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's covid vaccine (13).


Ethanol

Ethanol, or ethyl alcohol derived from grains (corn), is the intoxicating ingredient of many alcoholic beverages (14). Firstly, how can we give this to an entire population when an estimated 15 million people struggle with an alcohol use disorder in the United States (15)? Ethanol is also found in solvents, perfumes, toiletries, disinfectants, hand sanitizers, preservatives, as a fuel, and the manufacturing of other chemicals, with known side effects such as mood changes, slower reaction time, uncoordinated movements, slurred speech, and nausea when consumed. Additionally, there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant (16), and people with liver conditions may be more sensitive to the harmful effects of ethanol (17). Oddly enough, the CDC has encouraged all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant to get vaccinated (18).


Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) is a biocompatible, synthetic, hydrophilic polyether compound used as a binding and dispersing agent, as it can improve the separation of particles and prevent clumping (19). According to MADE SAFE:

"The primary concern with PEG compounds is that Ethylene Oxide is used in their production in a process called ethoxylation. This process can cause contamination with Ethylene Oxide, a chemical associated with multiple kinds of cancer. Additionally, ethoxylated ingredients can also be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane, a carcinogen (20)."

Polysorbate-80

Polysorbate 80, in its original form (polysorbate), is a harmless sorbitol (sugar alcohol). However, Polysorbate 80 is treated with 80 parts of ethylene oxide. Problems occur when any ingredient treated with ethylene oxide (or ethoxylated) can become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potentially dangerous by-product. 1,4-dioxane is a known animal carcinogen that penetrates readily into the skin. This ingredient has also been linked with skin allergies (21). There is so much concern about this contaminant that a class-action lawsuit was filed in New Jersey against manufacturers of children's bath and personal-care products (22), but let's put it in our bloodstream.


Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate

Potassium dihydrogen phosphate is a potassium salt and an inorganic phosphate (dihydrogen phosphate(1-)) (23). This ingredient is used as an agricultural fertilizer and a buffering agent in pesticide formulations (24). According to the safety data sheet, this ingredient should be kept away from food, drink, and animal feedingstuffs and has unknown symptoms and effects at this time (25), but let's inject it into our bloodstream.


Tromethamine

Tromethamine is a medication that makes blood and urine more alkaline or less acidic and is typically used to treat metabolic acidosis (26). This drug should be avoided if the patient (27):

  • Is allergic to this drug, any part of this drug, or any other drugs, foods, or substances.

  • Has high urea levels in the blood or cannot pass urine.

  • Is a newborn with high blood carbon dioxide levels or too much salicylate in the body.

Additionally, this medication can cause side effects such as:

  • Rash

  • Hives

  • Itching

  • Red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever

  • Wheezing

  • Tightness in the chest or throat

  • Trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking

  • Unusual hoarseness

  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Feeling sleepy

  • Feeling weak

  • Shaking

  • A fast heartbeat

  • Confusion

  • Hunger

  • Sweating

  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal

  • Lightheaded

  • Feeling like passing out

  • Numbness or tingling

  • Trouble breathing, slow breathing, or shallow breathing.

  • Shortness of breath

  • A big weight gain

  • Swelling in the arms or legs.

  • Fever

  • Chemical phlebitis

  • Venospasms

  • Extravasation tissue damage

  • Sloughing

  • Transient depression of blood glucose

  • Hepatocellular necrosis

  • Infection at the site of injection

  • Venous thrombosis or phlebitis from the site of injection extravasation

  • Febrile response

  • Ventilatory depression

  • Respiratory depression (28)

2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin

2-Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CyD) is a cyclic oligosaccharide that is widely used as an enabling excipient in pharmaceutical formulations and as a cholesterol modifier (29). It is also a cyclooxygenase inhibitor. Studies have found long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including selective and nonselective cyclooxygenase inhibitors, such as this ingredient, to be associated with cardiovascular (CV) safety risks such as:

  • Hypotension

  • Hypertension

  • Thrombophlebitis

  • Tachycardia

  • Angina pectoris

  • Congestive heart failure

  • Deep vein thrombosis (30)

Disclosure, I did not look up every single ingredient in every covid vaccine. After reading up on one ingredient, my mind was set I did not want this in my body, but I still wanted to give a variety of information in this section. If you would like to dig deeper into the ingredients, I highly encourage you to research them independently.


Risks of Covid Vaccines

In this section, I will specifically go over the warnings that are listed in the Emergency Usage Authorization EUA Fact Sheets directly from each manufacturer.


Pfizer-BioNTech's COMIRNATY Gray Cap (12+ Years of Age)

The EUA for Healthcare Providers literally states "the significant known and potential risks and benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and the extent to which such risks and benefits are unknown." It also lists the following warnings:


Management of Acute Allergic Reactions Appropriate medical treatment used to manage immediate allergic reactions must be immediately available in the event an acute anaphylactic reaction occurs following administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Monitor Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine recipients for the occurrence of immediate adverse reactions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical- considerations/managing-anaphylaxis.html).

Myocarditis and Pericarditis Postmarketing data with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine demonstrate increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis, particularly within the period 0 through 7 days following the second dose of the primary series. The observed risk is higher among adolescent males and adult males under 40 years of age than among females and older males. The observed risk is highest in males 12 through 17 years of age. Although some cases required intensive care support, available data from short-term follow-up suggest that most individuals have had resolution of symptoms with conservative management. Information is not yet available about potential long-term sequelae. The CDC has published considerations related to myocarditis and pericarditis after vaccination, including for vaccination of individuals with a history of myocarditis or pericarditis (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/myocarditis.html).

Syncope Syncope (fainting) may occur in association with administration of injectable vaccines, in particular in adolescents. Procedures should be in place to avoid injury from fainting.

Altered Immunocompetence Immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressant therapy, may have a diminished immune response to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Limitation of Effectiveness Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may not protect all vaccine recipients.


Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions in Clinical Trials Adverse reactions following administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine that have been reported in clinical trials include injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, injection site swelling, injection site redness, nausea, malaise, lymphadenopathy, decreased appetite, rash, and pain in extremity (see Full EUA Prescribing Information).

Adverse Reactions Identified in Post Authorization Experience Severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, and other hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., rash, pruritus, urticaria, angioedema), diarrhea, vomiting, pain in extremity (arm), and syncope have been reported following administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported following administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Additional adverse reactions, some of which may be serious, may become apparent with more widespread use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Use with Other Vaccines There is no information on the co-administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine with other vaccines.


Pfizer-BioNTech's COMIRNATY Orange Cap (5-11 Years of Age)

The EUA for Healthcare Providers also states "the significant known and potential risks and benefits of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and the extent to which such risks and benefits are unknown." It also lists the following warnings:


Management of Acute Allergic Reactions Appropriate medical treatment used to manage immediate allergic reactions must be immediately available in the event an acute anaphylactic reaction occurs following administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Monitor Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine recipients for the occurrence of immediate adverse reactions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical- considerations/managing-anaphylaxis.html).

Myocarditis and Pericarditis Postmarketing data with authorized or approved monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines demonstrate increased risks of myocarditis and pericarditis, particularly within the first week following receipt of the second primary series dose or first booster dose, with most booster doses likely administered at least 5 months after completing primary vaccination. For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the observed risk is higher among adolescent males and adult males under 40 years of age than among females and older males, and the observed risk is highest in males 12 through 17 years of age. Although some cases required intensive care support, available data from short-term follow-up suggest that most individuals have had resolution of symptoms with conservative management. Information is not yet available about potential long-term sequelae. The CDC has published considerations related to myocarditis and pericarditis after vaccination, including for vaccination of individuals with a history of myocarditis or pericarditis (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/myocarditis.html).

Syncope Syncope (fainting) may occur in association with administration of injectable vaccines, in particular in adolescents. Procedures should be in place to avoid injury from fainting.

Altered Immunocompetence Immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressant therapy, may have a diminished immune response to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Limitation of Effectiveness Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may not protect all vaccine recipients.


Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions in Clinical Trials Adverse reactions in children 5 through 11 years of age following administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine included pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, injection site redness, injection site swelling, muscle pain, chills, fever, joint pain, lymphadenopathy, nausea, rash, malaise, decreased appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting (see Full EUA Prescribing Information).

Adverse Reactions Identified in Post Authorization Experience Severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, and other hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., rash, pruritus, urticaria, angioedema), diarrhea, vomiting, pain in extremity (arm), and syncope have been reported following administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported following administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Additional adverse reactions, some of which may be serious, may become apparent with more widespread use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Use with Other Vaccines There is no information on the co-administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine with other vaccines.


Pfizer-BioNTech's COMIRNATY Maroon Cap (6 Months - 4 Years of Age)