My last post was about deaths associated with Covid-19 vaccines. I also mentioned my pending first dose appointment, which is now behind me.

I have been reading Ontario news reports of “vaccine shopping” recently. Some reports point to some preference for Pfizer over Moderna, for example:

Vaccine shopping to avoid Moderna shot is ‘alarming,’ unnecessary and potentially harmful, doctors say.

The above article quotes a medical officer of health:

…the science behind how Moderna and Pfizer vaccines work to stop COVID-19 infections is almost identical.”

So far, many of my family members who have had first, and now second doses, got Moderna. All have fared well, so I felt very confident that it would be a good vaccine for me when my turn came.

I had read and became aware that some individuals might be allergic to components of the vaccines, but that severe reactions were rare. I have never had allergies, so I didn’t give it much concern or further investigation. But as my vaccine appointment approached, I started to review the information to prepare for it and any potential issues. I am not even sure how I came across the details about vaccine ingredients, but I was quite startled to read that there is a component (Trometamol) in Moderna that may also be used in contrast dyes for MRI scans. The only time I have had a allergic skin reaction was after an MRI scan. I had given consent to the use of a contrast dye to improve the scan results. It wasn’t a serious anaphylactic reaction, but I will have to report such if I ever have a MRI again. Further poking around on the internet led to some confirmed cases of allergic reactions to contrast dyes and the Moderna vaccine.

I certainly thought about turning down the vaccine if it was Moderna. I did get some good information and reassurance from my local health unit, but I wasn’t able to get confirmation which vaccine would be administered on the day of my appointment when I called the day before it. I knew that Pfizer vaccines had arrived in our region though. I decided to go ahead with it regardless, but it did weigh on me. It wasn’t long after I sat down for the shot that it was communicated to me, “You will be receiving the Pfizer vaccine today.” I admit that I felt tremendous relief and I explained that to the nurse. The rest of the experience and care at the vaccine clinic was excellent.

But enough about me. We can be so overloaded with information and not always get the clarification and confidence needed to make a decision. And we don’t always know what is behind someone putting off a decision or making a certain decision. I felt that I was informed enough, but was I?