The Realities of that COVID Vaccine and What It Means to You

Jonita Davis
4 min readDec 2, 2020

Dr. Ben Stong guides us through the hard truths about the vaccine.

The news as of late has been all about the COVID-19 vaccine. So many people are looking at the vaccine announcements as the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Vaccines are being touted by some on social media as the key to opening public gatherings back up — the ticket to travel again, to live away from home, to get out of the house. Unfortunately, the information coming out about the vaccines contradict these expectations and warrant a serious discussion.

Benjamin C. Stong, MD is a facial plastic surgeon who runs a full practice and surgery center in Atlanta. Dr. Stong has followed the vaccine news closely. He will need this info to protect his employees and patients when the vaccine becomes available.

In fact, the information is so confusing that I recently reached out to a physician who is following the information closely. Benjamin C. Stong, MD is double-board certified in facial plastic surgery. His Atlanta, Georgia practice also has a surgery center attached, so Dr. Strong has been following the vaccine closely so that he can inform patients and get his own staff vaccinated when the time comes. He not only breaks down the public information about the vaccine, with a warning to everyone.

“It’s going to be late spring, summer before the vaccine is available to the general public.”

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We Don’t Have a Vaccine YET!

According to Dr. Strong, despite all the rhetoric surrounding the progress of the vaccines, we still do not have a vaccine that is ready to dispense to anyone yet — as of Thanksgiving 2020. There are two in the final stages that are at the center of the vaccine discussions one made by Moderna and the other by Pfizer. They are still being walked through the process. As of press time, only the Pfizer vaccine has been greenlit for the public — in Britain, not the US.

It’s Important to Know who made the Vaccine You Get

The doctor has been following the news and has concluded that both of the leading vaccines are modern miracles because they have been created in record time. The problem has become about transparency. The Moderna vaccine was created as a part of the US government-backed program Operation Warp Speed. Like most…

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Jonita Davis

Jonita Davis is a writer, film critic, and professor. She’s a member of NABJ, AAFCA, a Rotten Tomatoes critic, author, DetourXP Columnist.