Unvaccinated Virginians have concerns over vaccines amid reports of complications


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Complications with some of the COVID-19 vaccines have raised concerns for Virginians who are unvaccinated.

Finland decided recently to limit the use of the Moderna vaccine due to a rare heart condition called myocarditis that has been trending in younger age groups. The country joins Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in the decision to limit the use of the vaccine to people under age 30.

In addition, studies for the Pfizer vaccine have shown waning immunity occurs after two months of being fully vaccinated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 183 million people are fully vaccinated in the U.S., with those who are unvaccinated still considering whether or not to get the vaccine at all.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) spokesperson Christie Wills with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts says the vaccine is the best option to protect yourself from COVID-19.

“No long-term side effects have been detected, overwhelmingly,” said Wills. “Most people recover within a day or two, if they have any side effects at all.”

She says that the rare cases of complications after the vaccine should be acknowledged but shouldn’t keep people from getting the vaccine if they’ve sought the approval of a doctor.

“The known risks and possible severe complications of COVID itself far outweigh the minor risks of a possible rare adverse reaction to the vaccine,” said Wills.

According to Wills, Johns Hopkins research shows that the vaccines are holding up well against the coronavirus.

A new state-run Community Vaccination Center will open in Roanoke on Thursday, Oct. 14 in Sears at Valley View Mall. Health officials will provide free vaccinations, six days a week.

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