Candida Moss, in a column (RIP “op-ed”) for The New York Times:
What is receiving considerably less attention, however, is that
not everyone who is vaccinated will develop antibodies, and many
of those who don’t are at high risk for the most severe
consequences of Covid-19. As a kidney transplant recipient, I am
one of those people.
Until recently, immunocompromised people were excluded from
studies of the mRNA vaccines for Covid-19, but data from clinical
trials is beginning to emerge. A study of fully vaccinated kidney
transplant patients published in April by researchers at New York-
Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center
revealed that 75 percent of kidney transplant patients
studied did not develop measurable immunity after both doses of
the vaccine. A second study published by Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine researchers in May found that only
54 percent of fully vaccinated organ transplant recipients studied
had antibodies. The numbers are different, but both studies showed
that immunocompromised people had significantly reduced responses
to the mRNA vaccines.
I have “world’s smallest violin, playing just for you” levels of sympathy for anyone who has chosen not to get vaccinated and then gets sick. This guy, for example — a 33-year-old Colorado sheriff who filled his Facebook page with anti-vax nonsense about the vaccines causing third arms to grow out of foreheads, and his natural immune system being all he needed to protect himself. He caught COVID and died three weeks later.
But the unvaccinated are putting others at great risk — those who can’t get vaccinated (including children), or, as in Moss’s case, those for whom the vaccines don’t produce antibodies. Our overall nationwide rates are plummeting — thanks entirely to the vaccines — but the infection, hospitalization, and death rates among the unvaccinated are, in some states, still raging. Again, I have no sympathy for those at risk by choice — but profound sympathy for those still at risk with no choice.
It is shameful to choose not to get vaccinated.
★ Friday, 4 June 2021