I like much of what you’ve written, but you presented claims and an argument for the efficacy of vaccines, not an argument for taking the new Covid 19 Vaccines. "Modern vaccines are possibly our finest technical innovation. This is factually indisputable."
Let’s get more specific: Covid 19 vaccines for the present strain. Note: A new strain is coming soon.
Are Covid 19 vaccines safe for EVERYONE: probably not. For a SIGNIFICANT number: I would hope so.
See the scientific journals with data presented below for just a start. There are conspiracy theorists who don't want to dig into the science/spreading terrible misinformation and then people who are hesitant for extremely good reasons. Let's not conflate the two, yes?
At no time did this thread present itself as speaking directly to Covid-19 vaccines.
Point on vaccines in general stands.
Re “ there is a new strain....” is a fact so obvious you have pointed it out either because you are not clever, or trying to be. All viruses are constantly mutating, in a race against their hosts defences, as well as to best promote themselves in to the future. Many viruses, in fact all we have studied, adapt to become less harmful to the host over time, since killing the host reduces the number of transmissions they can have from infecting that host.
The current mutations occurring are counter to this trend in some notable cases probably because we are, as a global population, being half-arsed with our control measures and only making it harder/tougher to transmit, but still fairly possible, so naturally selecting the virus to be more infectious (but that doesn’t mean more serious, as a more infectious but less deadly to the host strain would seem to be a great strategy for transmitting in to the future).
In regard to “everyone”, no vaccine is given to everyone, as some people have conditions that do not allow them to be treated. Clinicians are aware of, and screen for this. No immunological expert will be suggesting 100% vaccination....they may however be using that language to mean “all those able to be vaccinated”, realising most people would not understand the difference.
The basic vaccination program approach works toward herd immunity, which is not full population immunity, but rather a sufficiently high proportion of the population being vaccinated so that the virus cannot transmit freely in that population, thereby controlling outbreaks to manageable events.
No, “everyone” shouldn’t take a (not “the” vaccine, as there are several) vaccine, but those who can should, in an effort to protect those who are not vaccinated, or who are unable too.
At a population scale, you take the vaccine to protect others (which is what mask wearing really is also at the at scale).
I will take it when it available here, as my civic responsibility, since I am healthy enough to do so.