Do we need FIVE vaccine doses to qualify as fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
Find out what’s the new viral claim, and what the FACTS really are!
Do We Need FIVE Vaccine Doses To Be Fully Vaccinated?
Alternative health and alternative news websites like Natural News have been pushing a new claim recently.
According to these websites, a Swedish professor, Matti Sällberg, claimed that we “will need FIVE vaccine doses for immunity” and if we “don’t submit“, we “no longer qualify as fully vaccinated“.
The underlying suggestion is that COVID-19 vaccines do not offer immunity or are useless against COVID-19, and are merely a money making scam by Big Pharma.
Natural News pointed out that in Israel, 85% to 90% of hospitalised patients were vaccinated.
Natural News also claimed that the Swedish professor has an ulterior motive – Sällberg is the founder of vaccine manufacturer Svenska Vaccin Fabriken (SVF).
Shocking? Let me show you what the FACTS really are…
Truth : We Do NOT Need FIVE Vaccine Doses To Be Fully Vaccinated
Naturally, Natural News is peddling fake news as usual, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Professor Sällberg Did Not Say We Need FIVE Vaccine Doses
Professor Sällberg did NOT say that we “require FIVE vaccine doses”, as alleged by Natural News and other websites peddling “alternative health” and “alternative facts”.
Here is a summary of what he actually said in his interview with Aftonbladet :
- Planning for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is extremely reasonable, as the immune response slowly subsides [over time].
- We do not know yet if people may have lost their protection within the year, but if you get a third dose, [the protection] will be activated again.
- There is no indication that protection has begun to fail, [but] it is not at all unlikely that … you have to give recurring doses.
- Biology says that a fading immune response is not unlikely. If so, it may be a third, fourth, maybe fifth dose.
As you can see, he never once said that we will require five vaccine doses.
Where did those websites get the idea that we are required to have five vaccine doses? Did they make up the story? Think about that.
Fact #2 : We Don’t Need Five Doses To Qualify As Fully-Vaccinated
There is no requirement to receive five vaccine doses to qualify as being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19.
In fact, you cannot even get a third booster dose for COVID-19 in most countries, because that has not even been approved!
Professor Sällberg also pointed out in his Aftonbladet interview that :
Anyone who has received two doses is considered fully vaccinated according to the first vaccination schedule, and there is no indication that protection has begun to fail.
The fully-vaccinated status also depends on the vaccine. Some vaccines – like the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine – only requires a single dose to be considered fully-vaccinated.
Fact #3 : Booster Doses Are Like Refresher Classes
COVID-19 vaccines are nothing more than self-defence classes for our immune system, teaching it how to identify and produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
After you are fully vaccinated, you will have high levels of protective antibodies. But these will slowly decrease over time, unless your body is actively defending itself against COVID-19.
Even so, the immune system will still remember how to identify and create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It just needs more time to ramp up its defences.
That’s where a booster dose comes in. It reminds your immune system that COVID-19 is still around, and triggers production of fresh antibodies.
It literally works like a refresher course of a COVID-19 self-defence class for your immune system.
Fact #4 : Israel Has Herd Immunity From Vaccines
Natural News insinuates that vaccination cannot prevent COVID-19 in Israel, stating that 85% to 90% of hospitalised cases were vaccinated.
That’s actually not true, because it involves cherry picking data to convey a false narrative.
85% of Israeli adults are vaccinated, so they have already achieved herd immunity. That’s why there are very few COVID-19 cases in Israel.
Not only are the vaccines protecting the vaccinated, they are also protecting the unvaccinated.
To get their alleged vaccine breakthrough rate of 85% to 90%, they have to look at very specific dates like 13 and 14 July 2021.
Fact #5 : SVK Does Not Currently Make COVID-19 Vaccines
Natural News falsely claimed that Professor Matti Sällberg has an ulterior motive to call for COVID-19 booster doses – he’s the founder of a vaccine company called Svenska Vaccin Fabriken (SVK).
The truth is SVK does not currently make COVID-19 vaccines, so is not able to financially benefit from any booster dose programme.
SVK is developing a COVID-19 vaccine – the SVF-002, but it is still in preclinical development, and has not even undergone a Phase 1 trial.
The SVF-002 vaccine candidate, even if it works, is unlikely to be approved until the middle or end of 2022.
With this fact check, I hope you can see how just dangerous websites that peddle alternative health and alternative facts really are.
They intentionally twist facts to convey a false narrative, to scare people into not protecting themselves with COVID-19 vaccines.
Why? Is it to sell the supplements and fake cures that they are always promoting? That is certainly an ulterior motive you have to think about.
Please think on that, and SHARE this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t be fooled by such lies and misinformation!
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