To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is the question. ‘Whether tis nobler in the body to take a chance, then not.’

I don’t trust Hollywood or the politicians promoting the vaccine. I want to be safe, but how can I trust a vaccine that’s not approved by the FDA except for emergency usage? One of the vaccines was temporarily suspended due to blood clots, then reinstated.

I sought advice from family, friends, community leaders, health-care workers and clergy. The verdict was mixed. I flipped a coin, heads I go for my appointment, tails I don’t. Heads it was!

All pharmaceutical drugs have a huge list of warnings enclosed with each purchase. My diabetes medication includes warnings of possible renal failure or death, and it is approved by the FDA.

“The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19,” reads a portion of the Pfizer information.

All prescription drugs and vaccines have side effects, whether approved or under emergency use. These cautions and side effects are written as a way for pharmaceutical companies to cover their okoles (butts) in a sue-happy society.

I spoke with my doctors. My surgeon, pain doctor and physical therapist all received the Pfizer vaccine, which must mean something. A group of nurses walked up to my hale and offered me a Moderna vaccine in place of the suspended J&J, which I graciously declined.

I finally settled for Pfizer, since I believe that is the best of all the vaccines. It is currently approved for those 12 years and older, plus most health-care workers I know have received it. Though they won’t publicly say it’s the best, it seems obvious through their actions.

I know many who have had severe reactions to the Moderna vaccine. One friend says Moderna’s second shot was like heroin withdrawal. A close relative had to call 911 in the middle of the night after the second Moderna shot, another friend went to the ER. Another friend was sick in bed for three days.

A neighbor had a rare reaction. She felt dizzy and nauseous. Her son took her to the ER. They found an embolism in her lower groin and operated immediately. The embolism had nothing to do with the vaccine. The ER visit ironically saved her life. “The Lord works in mysterious ways.”

Many on the political right believe the vaccine is a clinical trial and everyone whose been vaccinated is part of the experiment. Folks on the left believe science cannot be wrong and believe beyond a reasonable doubt in the vaccine.

A doctor friend told me something I haven’t heard from anyone else — to avoid harsh reactions to the vaccine, start taking an antihistamine a few days prior to your scheduled shots. The concept is antihistamines are allergy pills, hence they prevent allergic reactions. It worked for me. Any over-the-counter allergy medication will work. (Take at your own risk.)

Forget politics and party affiliation. Now if Joe Biden truly wants to be an uniter as he preaches, and not a divider and get more Americans vaccinated, give former President Trump credit for operation Warp Speed and getting COVID vaccines to market in a remarkable nine months.

I am a conspiracy theorist. However, when you see what’s happening in India with makeshift crematoriums on the streets due to the mortuaries not being able to keep up with the mass deaths due to the coronavirus, it’s a wake-up call, and is what changed my hesitancy to get vaccinated.

Dolly Parton recently wrote a parody song to the tune of her famous song, “Jolene,” that says it all.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, because once you’re dead, then that’s a bit too late.” (

Democrats, Republicans, independents, let’s all get on the same team. Do you truly believe the government, scientists, trusted doctors and Hollywood elite are behind planting chips into the population of the world to track everyone?

I hate to say it. I believe they are trying to help us!

I have read on a lighter note: “Have faith in the Pfizer vaccine. Don’t forget they make Viagra. If they can raise the dead, they can most certainly save the living!”


James “Kimo” Rosen is a resident of Kapa‘a.

  1. RGLadder37 May 12, 2021 12:46 am Reply

    They want the public safer. How many of you always wear your face mask in public when you go out? Do you concern yourself with a thing called coronavirus while using the face mask? And do you know what kinds of symptoms this virus gives? The thing is, if there is nothing wrong with you, don’t need any vaccine. But how smarter are the kids of today to know what is the best choices health wise? Not that smart yet. The vaccine makes people sick, because they are given a vaccine that assumes you have the virus. Then work from there. If you don’t have the virus, the body reacts so as to not know what is going on. Because there is no need for a medicine. That is why. A person needs to catch the virus first, then the vaccine will be effective. The body learns to adapt to changes, then produces necessary antibodies that wards off the virus. The vaccines takes effect, and you have a healing process and quarantine and cleared from having a coronavirus.

    To educate, or not to educate, that will be the question.

  2. Mark Train May 12, 2021 7:16 am Reply

    Science is Correct, it’s the scientists that are Not.

    Natural Human made Antibodies specifically match viruses in order to eliminate them. Vaccines do not, cannot, impossible to make that happen.

    Human made Antibodies perpetuate Health in the Healthy.

    Vaccines have short and unknown long term toxic and lethal side effects. See ‘vaccine adverse reactions’ web site.

    Nature provides Health.

    The medical industry routinely sells drugs and vaccines all day every day world wide, a few stores sell health.

    Corporate farms put medicine on the food, it’s a mad world.

    Vaccines have contaminants like mercury and other things that cause ill side effects like blood clots and lethality, many claim autism, a new human disturbance.

    Modern children receive approximately 36 vaccines from their day of birth to 18 months. They can’t live without them, everyone else already has.

    Vaccines are synthetic laboratory diseases, each pharmaceutical company’s are no 2 alike for the same disease, as in Covid has a dozen “cures”.

    Immunity comes from natural human made abundant antibodies.

    Medical Immunity is a hope and “store” bought.

    Put your faith in the God of your body, or the sales of rush order warp speed medical laboratories with only emergency authorization instead of well thought out and safe.

    There’s a countdown to the appearance of long term effects.
    Medical oncologists say vaccine contaminants cause cancer.

    Mothers say vaccines cause Autism, the pharmaceutical industry denies.

    There’s 2 choices: Going with the miracle and intelligence that created your body from 2 parent cells, or take the other that has to be injected into your arm…! Formerly in the old days, your okole, ask Grandma…!

    Why do many no need vaccines, but 1/2 do…? And wait in line to get them…for free…! FREE…?

    We’ll see.

    Why do governments like to haphazardly control the people.

    1. pua May 13, 2021 7:05 pm Reply

      I am saddened by the ignorance on our island.

  3. Two hulls one love May 12, 2021 7:40 am Reply

    Welcome to the real world! I think it would be easier to give more credit to Trump for the vaccines had he not gotten vaccinated secretly in January and then waited almost two months to make a single statement encouraging Americans to get vaccinated. He should be pushing the vaccine aggressively if he wants to take credit for it. But he can’t– because his entire following is based on lies and conspiracies at this point and to admit that one conspiracy is false could open the door that others are too. Gasp— maybe Joe Biden really did win the election?!?!? Glad people are seeing the light and glad that you got vaccinated Kimo!

  4. Kauaidoug May 12, 2021 7:47 am Reply

    Finally, Mr Rosen. I’m glad but what if it had been tails?

  5. kauaiboy May 12, 2021 7:47 am Reply

    “give former President Trump credit for operation Warp Speed and getting COVID vaccines to market in a remarkable nine months.”

    FORMER President? So you have finally come to your senses and are no longer promulgating the BIG LIE that the election was stolen from tRump? Congratulations.

    OK, a nod to tRump for doing at least one thing well. Even though Biden would have probably gotten the job done in 6 months 🙂 And a nod to Liz Cheney for being one of the few Republicans who are willing to tell it like it is about tRump and his divisive nature.

  6. nothings free May 12, 2021 10:24 am Reply

    Everyone over the age of 50 who has a serious health issue like heart disease, cancer, pulmonary disease, diabetes etc. should be vaccinated with the experimental vaccine of their choice. Everyone else should take off their masks, live life as if Covid was just a flu, and keep America Great like it was before the Covid dilemma. Everyone can make their own non-propagandized decision for, or against, having the vaccine, Anyone who vaccinates a healthy child under the age of 18 should be incarcerated for child abuse and endangerment! Children have a relative 100% rate of not even knowing they had Covid, full survival, and immune systems that can create their own immunity for life!

    1. Glenn May 12, 2021 8:50 pm Reply

      Most unvaccinated kids will survive just fine after catching the COVID virus… nearly all of them.
      But many these kids could unknowingly pass it along to their unvaccinated great-uncle and to grandma, who are MUCH more LIKELY to need MAJOR medical attention and could (10%) die from the virus passed along from kiddo’s loving breath (before anyone knew kiddo was infected and contagious).
      If only Uncle Joe and Grandma had been vaccinated, they MIGHT (uncertain but likely somewhere from 1-10%) catch it from kiddo in this scenario, but the vaccinated oldsters have a less than 1% chance of getting hospitalized from COVID. And WILL NOT die from the disease. I like those kinds of odds, even while these vaccines are only approved for emergency use.
      COVID-19 virus KILLS lots of older folks (and some youngsters too). Wide use of the current vaccines will almost certainly protect us all from its awful consequences.
      PS. My dad worked on purifying polio virus variants for research in the early 1950s. And he made sure his kids got the Salk shot as soon as it was available.

      1. nothings free May 13, 2021 7:01 pm Reply

        Glen – everyone who is vaccinated spreads the virus around just like everyone else! That fact changes everything you seem to believe this ineffective vaccine is? And the vaccine only gives you almost full protection for a measly 6 months! So you will need to have 2 shots of this experiment every 6 months to 1 year for life! The effects of that will not be known for decades. Everyone has the right to their own decision to enter that cycle of risk, or not.

        1. Citation needed May 16, 2021 6:13 am Reply

          Please provide the link to the scientific study that all vaccinated people spread the virus like “everyone else”. While you’re at it, do the same for the rest of what you typed.

          1. randy May 26, 2021 8:05 am

            According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “we’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19.”
            Data has shown that you can still get coronavirus even after you’re fully vaccinated, which means if you do get an infection, you could still spread it.
            “The risks of SARS-CoV-2 infection in fully vaccinated people cannot be completely eliminated as long as there is continued community transmission of the virus,” the CDC recently reported. “Vaccinated people could potentially still get COVID-19 and spread it to others.”


  7. Robin Clark May 12, 2021 1:13 pm Reply

    I have no idea what the point, if any, of this opinion piece is. But the idea that the former guy somehow was responsible for operation Warp Speed is misguided. I give the former guy credit for a lot of things, such as inciting a deadly riot, but he had little or nothing to do with operation Warp Speed. The “Pfizer” vaccine was developed in Germany at BioNTech and invented by a pair of Turkish immigrants. Neither company received funds from the US government. The Moderna vaccine was developed in conjunction with the NIH, an institute the former guy did his best to decimate and to discredit (Dr. Fauci).

  8. peter May 12, 2021 4:39 pm Reply

    For all the anti-vaxxers out there…do you drink alcohol ? smoke cigarettes ? pot ? eat processed foods ? eat candy or other processed sugars ? If you’re so concerned with putting this vaccine in your body I hope you are not being a hypocrite and putting other non FDA approved bad substances into your system.

  9. Rich May 13, 2021 1:06 am Reply

    I think the Pfizer is the best. It is what I had and aside from 24 hours of aches and pains after 2d jab no issues. I am hyper allergic and carry my epipen but nothing.

    So I asked my Doctor before going and he said it was my choice but nearly medial professionals have opted to be vaccinated at the very beginning of vaccination. So I thought makes sense being exposed.

    Then he said how many people have died of taking the vaccine now look at how many people have died of covid related illness.

    Kind of blew all the Bill Gates conspired with the Chinese to put 5G chips in the world for total domination arguments out of the window.

    So for the sake of the Kupuna and others if not for yourself, I would say get the Pfizer vaccine shots as soon as you can.

    1. randy May 26, 2021 8:43 am Reply

      Don’t blindly quote ANYONE’s opinion – even your doctor’s – as the whole truth.
      As many recent surveys show, there is plenty of disagreement among healthcare professionals about these C-19 treatments (ex: a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that almost one-third of healthcare workers will “probably” or “definitely” refuse the vaccine. Healthcare workers are refusing to get it for a number of reasons, but a large factor is an overall distrust of the medical system from minority groups.)

      Your doctor is like anyone else – they have opinions. But how many hours have they spent investigating the effectiveness and potential serious side effects of these treatments?

      Bottom line – the buck stops with you.
      You need to do your own due diligence, not just rely on a single source. The results you get a directly related to the effort you put into you decisions.

      Stay well.

  10. Tom May 13, 2021 5:08 am Reply

    What saddens me is the distrust of so many people for so many of our institution; often with good reason. The government denied the possible effects of radiation to those military members who participated in the nuclear blast tests. They denied Agent Orange, PTSD, Gulf War syndrome, did a shoddy job in certifying Thalidamide(sic). If there is a pandemic that worries me it is the inability to trust the government, the press, or even the scientists (who are just as human as we are).

  11. Kama'aina May 13, 2021 12:07 pm Reply

    Please tell me you didn’t know about the $2,300,000,000 in lawsuits Pfizer got hit with in 2009 for “bribing doctors and suppressing adverse trial results when you were flipping a coin for your health decisions. After fact checking that do some digging into the neurological effects on individuals after being inoculated.

  12. Enrique May 13, 2021 2:16 pm Reply

    If Pfizer puts 20 million in a trust acct in my children’s names I’ll get a vaccine. I don’t trust the govt. I don’t trust big pharma. Darvocet was fda approved and made by Pfizer from 81-99’. Thousands died of liver failure and heart attacks so they pulled it. So just because they say it’s safe is BS

    1. Henri May 16, 2021 6:15 am Reply

      Is it ‘safe’ to gather in large crowds without a mask?

  13. Tony Nix May 14, 2021 3:57 am Reply

    My wife and I regular visitors to Kauai and look forward to returning at the end of June. Regarding Mr Rosen’s fine letter, my suggestion to the fine ohana of Kauai – Get vaccinated! I lost my 40 yr old daughter to COVID on May 3. She had a previous bout with COVID back in February and was COVID positive at the time of her death. She had just received the 2nd vaccine the day before her death. The Coroner’s office concluded that the vaccine did not cause her death, however it would have prevented it. My advice to my Kauai ohana, please get the vaccine if anything to prevent your loved one’s from experiencing the loss COVID will cause. Mahalo, Tony

    1. Condolences May 14, 2021 11:47 am Reply

      How could you not question her death being related to the vaccine. If she had Covid then she had antibodies. Then no need for vaccine. Did her dr. Recommend her to be vaccinated? Where’s the logic here????

    2. randy May 26, 2021 11:34 am Reply

      So sorry for your loss Tony, but you must realize that your coroner is either too lazy to do a real analysis or bot off. Did you review his report? Was it fact based on his own analysis, or just reciting the narrative that these ‘vaccines’ are safe?
      Pay for your own autopsy if you want to know the truth.

      These experimental drugs are causing real harm to thousands, such as to your daughter. Just check the CDC’s own VAERS site death count – rising faster every week they update the data.

      Even the NIH and CDC employees are afraid to take these drugs. You think that coroner knows more about the side effect than they do?

      So don’t tell us to join this grand experiment -just because you did. If we don’t act like lemmings and believe everything pharma and its bot off agencies tell us doesn’t mean we are wrong. I’m betting we’re right to question and insist on our own body sovereignty.

      At least we are doing our own due diligence.
      Suggest you do the same before telling others to follow you off that cliff.

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