The end of the year is an appropriate time to review what has happened and where we are now.
The mRNA vaccines aren’t very safe; they cause a wealth of severe side effects, particularly in the lowest-risk age cohorts. These side effects outweigh the risks of SARS-2 infection for everyone under 40; for those in good health facing the vastly milder Omicron, there is really no reason to be vaccinated. The second dose of Moderna is particularly dangerous for young men.
In exchange for these injuries, our novel pharmaceutical products reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of severe outcome from Corona infection. In particular, they move deaths out of the Corona column, but they do not have substantial effects on all-cause mortality.
What is more, the vaccines cannot reduce transmission.