This is a great question and one I have seen asked many times on many platforms.
I have 2 autoimmune diseases (sarcoidosis and psoriasis) and take Humira. Prior to Humira, I was on Methotrexate. I took my first Pfizer dose in December 2020, second in January 2021, and I received my third in Aug 2021 since I qualify for the third dose now. I read the pfizer trial and the data is phenomenal. I had zero side effects all 3x other than a sore arm. That is my patient experience.
As a primary care provider, I manage a panel of about 1800–2k patients. I’ve had ZERO deaths or serious side effects from the vaccine in my panel. I have had 2 deaths (age 78 with lung disease, age 49 and healthy), over 225 infections, countless hospitalizations - some requiring ventilation, and I am seeing long-term effects from COVID: stroke, pulmonary embolus, neuropathy, still haven’t regained taste / smell, palpitations & arrhythmias, chronic fatigue, chronic brain fog, and lung damage.
I think the vaccine is being “pushed” because I know I can’t keep up with the volume of sick patients I’ve seen in the past 18 months. I know every ICU in my state is now on diversion. I know we as healthcare workers are leaving the field due to burnout. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve been a nurse 23 years, an NP for 17 of those.
***Always consult your PCP for your healthcare. I trust and believe in the vaccine, but I do not think it should be mandatory. Let us not bicker over vaccine choices, but let us come together and try to get out of this public health crisis!***
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