Why I should begin thinking about the Covid-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 has infected me and many others. I felt it was my moral responsibility to get the vaccine to protect others around me and myself. This virus has claimed the lives of loved ones and friends. As a black woman, having distrust in medical professionals is rooted in my history. African Americans have faced mistreatment from many medical institutions. Mistreatments are far from forgotten by people of color. Because of the mistreatments, our people have suffered and even more now with this terrible virus.
So why should I trust science? What choices do we really have? Not getting the vaccine and possibly pass the virus to someone and they lose their life or to trust that the community of professionals has been as honest and thorough in their assessments of these vaccines as they have been with all other current vaccines before them. But at this time, I do, and WE must trust in science if not, our communities will be wiped away by this horrible virus. For some of you it may help to know that the scientist who’ve created the vaccines are people who look just like you and me. They have families that they care for and want to protect too. The Scientist are of all different racial backgrounds. I strongly encourage you to get the Covid-19 Vaccine!
So, I want to share some facts about this vaccine!
Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19? Per the CDC. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to know and fight the virus and this may protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. Both Moderna and the Pfizer vaccine may prevent COVID-19. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. You may develop severe complications if you get the virus which could lead to death.
How do I know if the vaccine is safe? What are the long-term side effects? All vaccines are tested in clinical trials on tens and thousands of people. NO serious safety concerns were reported. The good news is, that they have had months’ worth of safety reporting gathered in the clinical trials and it’s very unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination. NO serious safety concerns were reported in the trials. This is a new vaccine, so the CDC and FDA are still monitoring.
Neither of the Vaccines contain the Covid 19 LIVE Virus – The vaccine does not infect you with Covid19 and can’t be passed to anyone. Both COVID-19 vaccines are to be given to you as 2 injections and must be completed for effectiveness.
The internet and people are saying “Don’t get that vaccine, I don’t trust it “. The chance of getting wrong information is at an all-time high right now. While google and listening to hear say is sometimes what we do. Please do your research! Knowledge is power! Search credible sources like the CDC.gov, immunizationinfo.org or speaking with your healthcare provider for solid information to make a logical choice that could save your life.
Vaccines were made to work with your immune system to be ready to fight the virus if you do become exposed. Continuing to wear our mask, washing hands, social distancing and receiving the vaccine is the combo that will give us the best chance of making it out of this pandemic!
LaToya Willoughby School Nurse/ Assistant Health Manager Matrix Head Start