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If it were up to Zeke Emmanuel, were I to catch the coronavirus he’d probably just let me die. I am, after all pretty close to his cut-off date for saving old people who are ill. He might be skeptical about my receiving the vaccine, too, since it was developed under the Trump administration. Yet I am encouraged and excited about the prospects of this vaccine, and am hopeful that we can continue to get our arms around this disease. Our first responders and related occupations should be the first to get the vaccines.
Unfortunately, the vaccines for coronavirus have been so heavily politicized that I should have no trouble finding a place in line to get the vaccination; many people in this country want to take a wait-and-see approach to vaccinations since people like me might die from the vaccine. Or they are anti-vaxxers who object strenuously to vaccinations. Others are suspicious because vaccines are being developed under Operation Warp Speed, although the Pfizer vaccine was developed without government funds. Then you have the government leaders who are determined to make sure the vaccine fails. It’s difficult for me to believe that their resistance is all about Trump, since I’m fairly confident that he hasn’t interfered with the vaccine developers. But you won’t convince New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:
The government has sent states a data sharing agreement asking for information such as age, sex, and race of someone who gets the vaccine. While Governor Cuomo says the state will reveal that data, it won’t release the other details such as passport numbers and Social Security numbers. The governor believes that information would be used to deport undocumented immigrants, a claim the White House is denying.
Cuomo also said the following:
‘We can’t let this vaccine plan go forward the way Trump is planning it,’ Cuomo said. ‘We need to fix it or stop it before it does damage.’
If anyone knows what he is talking about, please let me know.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, recently of The French Laundry fame, commented, too:
Just a couple weeks after Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would not automatically distribute a vaccine for the coronavirus if one is approved while President Donald Trump is in the White House, three more Democrat governors are putting politics ahead of public health in their states by also saying they don’t trust the Trump administration in the matter.
He’s appointed an 11-member vaccine review committee to analyze the safety and efficacy to determine if the vaccine will be safe for Californians.
The other governors challenging Trump’s initiative are Katie Brown in Oregon, Jay Inslee in Washington, and Steve Sisolak in Nevada.
If you are curious, you can review Pfizer’s release.
Both vaccines do have mild to moderate side effects. Moderna explains those as follows:
A review of solicited adverse events indicated that the vaccine was generally well tolerated. The majority of adverse events were mild or moderate in severity. Grade 3 (severe) events greater than or equal to 2% in frequency after the first dose included injection site pain (2.7%), and after the second dose included fatigue (9.7%), myalgia (8.9%), arthralgia (5.2%), headache (4.5%), pain (4.1%) and erythema/redness at the injection site (2.0%). These solicited adverse events were generally short-lived. These data are subject to change based on ongoing analysis of further Phase 3 COVE study data and final analysis.
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My husband and I don’t take lightly being injected with this vaccine. (I don’t like shots.) In his case, he has damaged lungs and would not fare well, at 75 years old, from contracting the disease. Part of my interest in getting the vaccine is to protect him; I’m also interested in taking back my life from the tyranny of fear.
The coronavirus has been one of the most destructive forces we have lived through in this country, and it isn’t over yet. Not only do people experience a daily fear for their lives and the lives of their family members, but they are being devastated by the distorted presentation of the data by the media, the threat of mandatory mask-wearing, the actual or potential loss of loved ones, and the threat of more lockdowns. In my own community, a 55+ community, people often have co-morbidities.
Although I know that each person has to make his or her own decision about receiving the vaccine in consultation with their doctors, I hope to be an example of a person who thinks that receiving the vaccine is a good idea. Even if I have side effects, I expect them to be temporary (as they are for most people). In part I hope to inspire others to consider the vaccine; it has been so difficult for me to watch my neighbors living their lives in fear.
At our ages, every day counts.
Our lives should not be dominated by fear.Published in