Why Nurse Sheltee Decided to get the Vaccine
I've been asked why I trust and believe in the COVID-19 vaccine. It's simple, I believe in science. I understand that people are skeptical for multiple reasons; however, distrust in the government is the most common. Some people also think the possible long-term effects are not worth the risk.
My rationale leads to this question, "What do we take when we have a headache or a fever? Most of us take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil). These over-the-counter medications are scientifically proven to be effective, and they provide immediate relief. If these medications are taken excessively, studies have shown that acetaminophen may cause liver damage and ibuprofen may cause gastric ulcers, but we take them anyway.
The COVID-19 vaccine will help provide immunity or protection against the Coronavirus which will increase our chances of survival. The long-term effects of COVID-19, if there are any, will be discovered by scientists… just as they have done with everyday OTC medications.
We know the Coronavirus has claimed several lives and caused numerous health problems. We also know that vaccines [in general], and for the most part, have saved a lot of lives. So, what should we do? Living is a daily gamble. The Coronavirus has invaded the world and we either choose to get vaccinated or continue to play Russian roulette. For me, getting vaccinated is a no-brainer, because I choose life over death.