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mRNA Vaccines: It’s not rocket surgery

I think many people underestimate their ability to understand the biology of the immune system. Trust me when I tell you that if you can operate a complicated piece of machinery or a programming language, you can learn enough basic biology to understand how an mRNA vaccine works.

I’m not going to go over it. Motivated minds will find resources on YouTube or thru The Google. Here’s a good overview in pretty easy to digest sections from the Khan Academy. The point is that you don’t need to be a doctor or PhD to know this stuff and ignorance is no excuse for listening to the mindless babble of anti-vaxxers who wouldn’t know the difference between mRNA and DNA if it bit them in the ass.

I hate having to go over this again and for the vast majority of people on this blog, it’s unnecessary. But the fact that there is now a poster of sorts that needs to be widely distributed indicates that the message is still not getting through to the unvaccinated.

Here’s the fact sheet I’m talking about:

An mRNA vaccine is not technology so advanced that it is indistinguishable from magic. It’s just a stripped down version of the same vaccine technology that we have been using for a century. There’s less viral component to worry about and your cells do all the work.


I’m just really tired of the misinformation, conspiracy theories and hubris that is preventing us from getting to herd immunity. That only adds to the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt and as anyone who has studied marketing methods knows, salesmen are really good at stirring it up.

Buyer beware.

8 Responses

  1. I’m not a scientist, obviously. I do no t ordinarily read these articles from people like Dr. Brindle. I do wonder whether they actually believe what they write, or if is almost all political, they are determined to stop people from being vaccinated, which to them would be “a win” for their opponents. The people they support and vote for, pollute the air with toxic chemicals, inject chemicals into the food chain. But they think that a vaccine which the CDC, the World Health Organization, and every leading epidemiologist in the country says is safe and important to get, is dangerous? This has to be political, it makes no rational sense The airwaves are filled with ads for drugs with all sorts of listed and unlisted side effects, and no one is in an uproar about those, just the Covid 19 vaccines.

    • The saga with the cruise lines continues. I just read a comment from some #%^{ who said all of this mask wearing and social distancing on the ships is just “crisis theatrics” or something to that effect. I told her she should take a vacation to India or Malaysia. Then she replied with the same “america is the greatest nation on earth! I don’t need to go anywhere else! Yadayadayada”
      They really are hopeless.

  2. If you were wondering where The Former Guy and other right-wing “populists” find the few scientists who support their views: 😈

  3. Well, I accept mainstream science. I got my second Moderna shot back in May.

    Oh Corona-chan…have you met my immune system? 😈

  4. Actually, since I have an auto-immune disorder (Crohn’s), to the point where I have to take an immune modulator (mercaptopurine) to keep my IS from eating my guts out–a yandere is a pretty good metaphor for my immune system.

  5. Off topic: OOPS! Switzerland has accidentally invaded neighboring Liechtenstein 3 times in the past 40 years. 😛

  6. I’m being driven to retirement by young women who refuse to get the vaccine because the don’t want to be infertile. There’s no convincing them otherwise. Very sad

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