I got Call Up for the Jab - why I declined
I got an email from the medical clinic to come in for my jab. I have been told countless times that I am one of the older at-risk people. I wrote back, declining their kind invitation. I asked if they had any plans for antibody testing because I suspect I have already had the disease. The clinic replied there were no plans for antibody testing.
This is disappointing. If I have had the disease, I do not want the vaccine on top because there is a possibility, albeit small, that it will induce a potentially catastrophic immune over-reaction. It is just too early to know. My partner, Alofa, may well also have naturally acquired immunity.
Writing for the American Institute for Economic Research, under the headline: "Why Is There Such Reluctance to Discuss Natural Immunity?", Jon Sanders said:
"Until recent months, people readily understood that active immunity came about either by natural immunity or vaccine-induced immunity. Natural immunity comes from battling and defeating an actual infection, then having your immune system primed for the rest of your life to fight it off if it ever shows up again. This immunity is achieved at a sometimes very high personal price.
Vaccine-induced immunity is to prime your immune system with a weaker, non-threatening form of the invading infection, so that it’s ready to fight off the real thing should you ever encounter it, and without your having first to risk severe illness or death.
Those interested in herd immunity in itself likely don’t have a moral or political preference for one form of immunity to the exclusion of the other. Immunity is immunity, regardless of whether a particular person has it naturally or by a vaccine. All immunity contributes to herd immunity.
Others, however, are much less circumspect. They seem to have forgotten the ultimate goal of the public campaign for people to receive vaccination against Covid-19. It’s not to be vaccinated; it’s to have immunity. People with natural immunity — i.e., people whose immune systems have faced Covid-19 and won — don’t need a vaccine.
They do, however, need to be considered in any good-faith discussion of herd immunity. There are two prongs to herd immunity, as we used to all know, and those with natural immunity are the prong that’s being ignored. It’s not just mere oversight, however."