Please know first and foremost that Kirsch Dermatology respects your right to decide whether to take a vaccine or any other medicine. We understand that the decision is deeply personal and involves consideration of an individualized risk-benefit assessment. Patient autonomy is a central principle of medical ethics.
For those interested in potentially taking vaccines by Pfizer or Moderna please note the following results from a “real world” study of over 645,000 individuals conducted by the Mayo Clinic:
Overall, the Mayo Clinic found that both vaccines strongly reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19, but individuals vaccinated with Moderna were about half as likely to experience breakthrough infections as individuals vaccinated with Pfizer.
We hope you find this information helpful. On appointment, we are available to share our advice and opinion to help further inform your decision-making process. For your convenience, we offer both the Moderna and Janssen (JNJ) vaccines for COVID-19.