I realize you are afraid of getting the vaccine because you do not understand it. You should educate yourself on the facts. Yes there are risks. You know what is riskier? Getting Covid.
The vaccine for this specific variant may be new, but the technology and vaccine theories used for these variants is not new.
Currently about half of the country has been vaccinated. That means the vaccine has been tested on half of the US population (40% fully vaccinated with 2 doses).
Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines since they were authorized for emergency use by FDA.
In my hospital system, it seems like about 10% of our hospitalized covid patients died. Sure, not everyone gets hospitalized.
Blood clots area HUGE risk factor for Covid. The D-Dimer (a coagulation test that predicts risks of pulmonary embolism - PE, strokes, deep vein thrombosis -DVT) are very high. I've watched patients survive covid only to be left with a stroke, tracheostomy, etc.
Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. Interest has grown in these vaccines because they can be developed in a laboratory using readily available materials. This means the process can be standardized and scaled up, making vaccine development faster than traditional methods of making vaccines.
mRNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV). As soon as the necessary information about the virus that causes COVID-19 was available, scientists began designing the mRNA instructions for cells to build the unique spike protein into an mRNA vaccine.