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OPINION – Vaccinating against Covid-19, why wouldn’t you?



by Andrew J. Wood

The World Health Organisation  not only advises that vaccines save millions of lives each year, but they also reduce transmissions. They and their partners are working together on tracking the pandemic, advising on critical interventions and distributing vital medical supplies to those in need, thereby reducing the number of infected people to transmit the virus. 

Vaccines work by training and preparing the body’s natural defences — the immune system — to recognise and fight off the viruses they target. After vaccination, if the body is later exposed, the body is immediately ready to destroy them, preventing illness.

WHO states on its website…

“Since February 2021, at least seven different vaccines have been rolled out. Vulnerable populations in all countries are the highest priority for vaccination.

“It is understandable that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated now that Covid-19 vaccines are available. While more Covid-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorised or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated.”

One of the most frequent asked questions is can a Covid-19 vaccine make you sick with Covid-19? The simple answer is no, as none of the Covid-19 vaccines contain the live virus. 

According to the USA’s Centre for Disease Control the benefits of getting a Covid-19 jab will help keep you from getting the virus. All Covid-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing Covid-19.

“Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a Covid-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get Covid-19 and may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk.“

The CDC reminds us that wearing masks and social distancing help reduce the chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if exposed.

Australia’s government says vaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases. Vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses. They add that when you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community by slowing down the spread of the disease. Achieving herd or social immunity is a long-term goal. It usually requires a large amount of the population to be vaccinated.

The CDC notes that people who have already had Covid-19 or tested positive may still benefit from getting the Covid-19 vaccination. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long people are protected from getting Covid-19 after they have had it (natural immunity). Early evidence suggests natural immunity from Covid-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this.

In Australia the government say that wearing  a mask and physical distance is still important, “It may take time for everyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccination to get one. A vaccine that is 95% effective means that about 1 out of 20 people who get it may not have protection from getting the illness,” they advise online. 

Some people never show symptoms so vaccinations are important. There is a common confusion between pre-symptomatic spread (people who spread the virus before showing symptoms) and asymptomatic spread (spreading the virus by someone who never shows any symptoms). The former is one of the hallmarks of the pandemic, the latter much less common. What is important to understand  is that everyone agrees vaccines reduce transmission.

So why wouldn’t you take the vaccine that are tested to be safe and federally approved? I read comments like “it’s poison” and “does not work” on social media, but the science and three stage testing, prior to receiving government approval, dispel all that. 

An Israeli study found that from 100 vaccinated patients, those who received both doses of the vaccine did not become carriers of the virus and cannot spread it further.

Israel is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world and has compiled comprehensive data.

A new study has also found a reduction in transmission rates even after the first dose. Those who test positive for Covid-19 showed that twelve or more days after taking the first dose have a viral load that’s four times lower than those who have not been vaccinated. Those receiving the vaccine became far less of a Covid transmission risk even before receiving their second dose. 

Being less of a risk would allow more freedom to travel with significantly lower transmissions, especially when coupled with mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing. 

University Professor Cohen linked to the Israeli study and member of the official Health Ministry Advisory Committee on coronavirus vaccines, says…

“This shows that indeed, besides reducing symptoms and hopefully mortality, the vaccine may facilitate reaching some kind of herd immunity, allowing the partial protection of the weak or non-immunised.”

The question to open borders to vaccinated visitors is now looking more and more likely as the risk to do so is manageable.


Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a professional hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. He is a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew is a past Director of Skål International (SI), National President SI Thailand and is currently President of SI Bangkok and a VP of both SI Thailand and SI Asia. He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Thailand including Assumption University’s Hospitality School and the Japan Hotel School in Tokyo.

The content of this article reflects the writer and does not necessarily reflect the editorial stance of The Thaiger.


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  1. Slugger

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Good advice and stop the rubbish written by amature virologists on the internet. These Google ‘experts’ sully the efforts of those who can help.

  2. Mick

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for a very sensible article.

    Rational people realise the limits of their own expertise, and defer to communities of experts who have decades of training and work full time in research. If you are not an astrophysicist, you trust the astrophysicists, rather than coming up with your own random theories based on nothing. If you are not a neuroscientist, you consult a neuroscientist when you have a problem with your brain, rather than Googling for a solution and ‘educating’ yourself with random Youtube videos made by David Icke followers or new age ‘shamans’. And if you are not an immunologist … you listen to the immunologists.

    Irrational people, on the other hand — flat earthers, climate change deniers, antivaxxers — I suppose they prefer to listen to the voices in their own head.

  3. Amy Sukwan

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Why wouldn’t I get a Covid-19 vaccine? A better question is why would I? I’m in good health have virtually zero risk from Covid. I also would like to have another baby in the near future, and there are concerns about pregnant women taking the vaccine and also unaddressed concerns about impairment to fertility. Actually the vaccine never underwent animal studies is approved for FDA Emergency Use authorization only, meaning long term safety and efficacy is completely unknown, and the manufacturers CAN NOT be sued or held responsible if you or a loved one dies and or is injured by the vaccine. So you have an unknown risk and an unknown benefit stacked alongside a nothing burger virus. People don’t seem to realize that life is fatal

  4. Dreqo

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Nah. I’ll let the .00001% of the population who’re at actual risk of severe illness have my jab.

  5. dispensed

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Why not?

    Because I’m not in the habit of taking vaccines for things I’m not at high risk for, and I consider it unethical to coerce people to do so.

    Why not cash in a chunk of your pension and buy a house for a homeless guy? You tellin me your money is more important than someone else’s life? Oh right–apparently it is. So stop pretending.

  6. Matt

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    So stay home…… We all make choices every day!

  7. Matt

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    You are at SIGNIFICANT risk to spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Don’t plan on any international travel going forward.

  8. Yan

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    I go for it… more than 30 years I worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry, in the domain of Infectious diseases and oncology. I can only say: ” Go for it!”…I know what I am talking about.

  9. LondonAl

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Some very strong comments here but I think we should have some sympathy for them, these nonsensical and unfounded reasons for not taking the vaccine are nothing more than an excuse for selfishness and cowardice, some people just don’t have it in them to step up to the plate.

  10. Robert

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Experimental vaccine death rate for Israel’s elderly 40 times higher than COVID-19 deaths: researchers

  11. AMOZ

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 8:58 pm




  12. Clive Goodwin

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    These are the comments from a doctor. Vaccinating everyone against Covid is like giving everyone chemotherapy in preparation for the unlikely event that they might get it. I repeatedly hear the comments about not knowing how long you have immunity if you have already had Covid. Just because your antibodies disappear after 6 to 8 months, Doesn’t mean you don’t have T and B cell immunity. Sars1 is 82% similar and testing of those recovered from it after catching it 17 years ago still show ample T and B cells suggesting that you will have decades if not Lifetimes worth of immunity if you have had it. It would blow a large hole in the profits for the vaccine companies of course if they let that cat out of the bag.

  13. Clive Goodwin

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    The La Jolla Institute of immunology in California did a study following up on 185 recovered COVID-19 patients. The conclusion was that those that have had the virus lose their antibodies after 6 to 8 months but retain ample T and B Cell immunity, suggesting decades if not a lifetime of immunity once you have had it. Another one of those inconvenient studies that get hidden from public view

  14. Clive Goodwin

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Some seem so desperate to get back to normal that they would eat dog shit if someone in a white coat told them it would cure them of Covid. There seems to be a lack of critical thinking Throughout the world, whether that’s down to brainwashing at school and by the media, or something in the water, don’t expect me to take anything without doing my own research and making my own decisions

  15. LatinoLime

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    @LondonAI, looks like most people that commented are low risk individuals and or already had it. What exactly is “selfish” or “cowardly” about stepping aside and letting people who are actually at risk get the jab? What plate needs stepped up to? You say that in a way, that eludes to there being some form of risk in getting the jab. Perhaps you’re the coward in this herd.

  16. Slugger

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Well said.

  17. Issan John

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    It should be up to the individual to make up their own mind and to take an informed decision – not one based on “the rubbish written by amature virologists on the internet”, whether that’s people like me or those like the author of the article who “is a professional hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer”.

    The author’s claim, for example, that “asymptomatic spread” is “much less common” is absolute nonsense and the complete opposite of very well documented medical evidence.

    The last thing I am is an “anti-vaxxer”, and I’m all in favour of “no jab = no job” where appropriate (or no jab = no entry), but NO-ONE should be pushed unwillingly or unknowingly into a jab they don’t want.

  18. Rick

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    By running this rediculous propaganda piece the Thaiger has shown us two things – they have zero shame and zero credibility.

  19. James R

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I have had mine already (Oxford vaccine) as have all my family here in the UK.

    Thankfully most people are not selfish and not self centred which makes a huge difference, the rest will be protected by us indirectly as is the usual case with these things.

    There is a very strong feeling of unity in this country at the moment and we thank the NHS nurses and doctors whenever we can for putting their lives at risk for us on a daily basis.

  20. EdwardV

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:06 am

    If you are reluctant to take an RNA vaccine like that from Pfizer, then you should probably consider the one from Johnson and Johnson instead. They make it the old fashion tried and tested method. Me, I’m going to take whatever they give me as early as I can get it.

  21. Ian

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Did I just read that ij has self confessed that he writes rubbish omg at last he has seen the light alleluya thier is a God 555

  22. James

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:53 am

    “The jab is the only way back to normal” is what the vaccine sellers told us.
    1.- Can I stop wearing the mask?
    Government Response – No
    2.- Can they reopen restaurants, pubs, bars etc and everyone work normally?
    Government Response – No
    3.- Will I be resistant to covid?
    Government Response – Maybe, but we don’t know exactly, it probably won’t stop you getting it
    4.- At least I won’t be contagious to others anymore?
    Government Response – No you can still pass it on, possibly, nobody knows.
    5.- If we vaccinate all children, will school resume normally?
    Government Response – No
    6.- If I am vaccinated, can I stop social distancing?
    Government Response – No
    7.- If I am vaccinated, can I stop disinfecting my hands?
    Government Response – No
    8.- If I vaccinate myself and my grandfather, can we hug each other?
    Government Response – No
    9.- Will cinemas, theatres and stadiums be reopened thanks to vaccines?
    Government Response – No
    10.- Will the vaccinated be able to gather?
    Government Response – No
    11.- What is the real benefit of vaccination?
    Government Response – The virus won’t kill you.
    12.- Are you sure it won’t kill me?
    Government Response – No
    13.- If statistically the virus won’t kill me anyway … Why would I get vaccinated?”
    Government Response – To protect others.
    14.- So if I get vaccinated, the others are 100% sure I’m not infecting them?
    Government Response – No

  23. James

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Coercively or forcibly vaccinate the entire world population with semi-effective, unproven, poorly tested, new-tech vaccines that don’t stop transmission and don’t even stop many infections, supplied by profiteering multinationals at the orders of brainwashed & corrupt politicians and bureaucrats – and all for a mild disease. Makes sense.

  24. Issan John

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:03 am

    “The conclusion was that those that have had the virus lose their antibodies after 6 to 8 months but retain ample T and B Cell immunity, suggesting decades if not a lifetime of immunity once you have had it. Another one of those inconvenient studies that get hidden from public view.”

    But that wasn’t THEIR “conclusion”, Clive G, which wasn’t “hidden from public view” but was widely reported in the mass media, it was yours.

    THEIR conclusion was that responses vary and while 70% retain the “killer T cells” necessary to give immunity, for an unknown length of time, 30% don’t – and those in the small sample tested were all symptomatic, so not representative.

    As they said.

  25. Clive Goodwin

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    For is Issan John. You obviously have English as a second language. Engage your brain next time and do us all a favour.

  26. Clive Goodwin

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    German doctors and lawyers, with some judges on board as well, are preparing a legal action challenging to 2 lies. Firstly the PCR test. Without this inaccurate test there is no COVID-19. It’s universally agreed that you should not test above an amplification level with more than 35, yet 45 is common. Secondly, the myth that there is asymptomatic infection . A super spreader event with a German woman was catalogued as an asymptomatic event, when in fact she was on flu remedies And was in fact displaying symptoms.

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