Vaccine hold outs are literally dying for their right to choose, putting the population of the world at risk. I read recently that we are in the cycle of the earth’s 6th extinction. When complete, the earth will continue without humans. We are killing ourselves in many ways.
To clear my mind, I document why I chose to be vaccinated.
What’s the problem?
I followed the news regarding the virus and the vaccine closely. Not Fox or CNN. I read deeply for explanations of the science. I listened to podcasts offered by people who work with and understand the science. This was a very well researched vaccine. I had no qualms.
Protecting my society
Yes, I got the vaccine to protect myself. I tend to acquire unusual conditions. Leptospirosis, anyone? And I did get a mild case of COVID, prior to the vaccine, which may have made the vaccine more tolerable. Other than a little fatigue, I had no side effects following either doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
I got it to protect my grandsons, attending school, who were not eligible for the vaccine.
To protect our daughter who shares our house and mingles with the elderly for work.
To protect those elderly with whom my daughter mingles.
To stop the attack of a deadly virus in the world. Having worked in a hospital, I witnessed the devastation a virus can wreak on a human body. I recall the joy when the polio vaccine was introduced. My fading small pox vaccine scar is testament that I live free of the fear of small pox. I have seen no reliable or valid evidence that supports anti-vaxing.
COVID will not go away easily.
I got the vaccine to protect those who can’t get it: our friend in a crucial stage of organ transplant. Losing a close friend who had lived with an auto-immune disorder, I vaccinate to protect those who cannot get the vaccine. That loss to COVID continues to break my heart.
And I got it because I trust the scientists, not hot-air politicians who have taken a serious health problem and made it political.
I know people who have refused the vaccine. No one has offered a credible excuse.
Please, get the vaccine. Let’s move on.