A Word about Covid Vaccines

"Whether or not you choose to get vaccinated is a personal choice. Somehow, someway choice has become a political statement. Ben’s Friends Communities are for peer to peer support, not politics. While Covid is a concern of our membership, we are not social media. Anytime discussion veers to politics, religion, or off topic, that discussion will be moderate either moved to a private discussion or locked. Governmental policy is not an element of peer support. Keep in mind we are an International Community. What is going on in one country politically means nothing to the rest of our membership. That being said, I want to share something from on of our FaceBook Groups which is very consistent with my previous background. From One Vaxxed Nurse:
People are making this much harder than it needs to be. If I swabbed all the wounds I seein the ER, some of them would test positive for Clostridium Tetani, the bacteria that causes the disease called Tetanus. This bacteria exists in our environment so it’s going to get into wounds. Most people are vaccinated so they don’t develop Tetanus (the disease)

If we swabbed the noses of everyone with a mild cough and looked for Bordetella Pertussis, we would get lots of positive hits, but most people are vaccinated against it and don’t develop Whooping Cough (The disease) Their vaccine worked, because they don’t have the severe disease associated with the infection.

People who test positive for SARS-Cov-2 on nasal swab and little or no symptoms have been protected from COVID (the disease) The Vaccine worked. Its literally the SAMEas almost everything else we vaccinate for. MOST vaccines don’t give absolut protection from getting infected, they stop the severe disease associated with infection. MOST also require a periodic booster to maintain their levels of protection. None of this is new, you’re just now starting to pay attention."

This is the first Epidemic/Pandemic in the Social Media Age so it all SEEMS new. On personal note, I’m old as dirt (according to multiple social media surveys) So I remember the Lynch Twins getting and dying from Whooping Cough when I was in the first grade and Moms keeping us all in the house for weeks till there wasn’t any more cough in the area. believe me the vaccine was welcomed. I remember not being able to run through the hose in the summer because we might get a chill. A chill was the start of Polio. The Raymond boy up the street had polio. They lined us up in school for our first Polio Shot and again several years later when the oral vaccine came out. I have a scar on my arm from Smallpox. We never thought about any of it, we were thankful.

Its a personal choice, but please don’t overthink it and DON’T get your information for politicos, or social media “experts”


Seems a bit unfair for you to have your opinion & say we’re over thinking this, but we’re not allowed to discuss this?



I take this as very much a US-centred statement. In the UK, we don’t have a big divide in politics where one party is in favour of vaccination and the other major party is not. However, in the US, there appears to be a very partisan approach to vaccination.

I think this piece is from TJ and I think TJ’s point is that religion and politics are not subjects that we allow to dominate the agenda on our web sites. They are more often divisive subjects than supportive subjects and as such, if conversations about vaccination stray into politics (in this case, in the US most likely) we would moderate such conversations in the same way that we always do on our web sites. This is not a new exception that TJ is introducing, rather a recognition that in the US, the conversation is getting quite partisan, quite political and that is not what we are about. We are here to support each other in dealing with issues around our rare disease, not get into some of the slanging matches that go off in other places on the web.

Does that make sense?

Is that nearer to your expectations of this support forum? I’m hoping so.

I don’t really want to expand on this conversation. If we need to discuss it, I’ll prefer to go to Messages as replies to News items alert all members and that’s disruptive.

I hope it does make more sense.

Very best regards,

Volunteer moderator at www.avmsurvivors.org