I talked to my friend who is a pharmaceutical scientist (long experience in the industry, publications, accolades, etc), and here’s what she says.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are something she’d never take herself. It’s a completely new, untested technology that was rushed through without any attempt at following the usual protocols. Nobody has any idea what the long-term effects will be. Pfizer and Moderna are, of course, protected from being sued if you do have adverse effects.
But there’s good news! The Johnson and Johnson vaccine that was approved a couple of days ago isn’t gene therapy, like the Pfizer and Moderna ones. It’s a traditional flu vaccine like the one many people take every Fall. Another company, I forget the name, is about to come out with this traditional-type vaccine, too.
If things get really dicey and you need proof of vaccination to travel or work, you now have an option. Take the J&J vaccine (or the other one that isn’t mRNA), and you’ll be fine.
This friend is very careful with pharmaceuticals and never took the yearly flu vaccine. But she’d take the J&J if it’s the price to pay to rejoin normal life. Pfizer and Moderna she wouldn’t take under any scenario.
I now feel a lot better because this means that vaccine passports aren’t the end of the world. There’s a way around them.