By Lorena Grajales, Editor-in-Chief –
It has been about two weeks since I received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine. The process was rather quick at my local clinic, but I worried about experiencing side effects. From what I had read, some people experienced chills, fevers, nausea, etc. This was the last thing I needed as I was starting to focus on my final projects and essays.
Lucky for me, all I felt was a sore shoulder for about two days. Although I was fortunate enough to feel perfectly fine afterwards, I know that even if I had not been, the inconvenience would have been worth it still. After all, I was doing my part to keep myself and other safe, in hopes of society returning to some version of normalcy.
In my state of Georgia, anyone over the age of 16 became eligible for the shot on Thursday, March 25. As of Friday, March 26, Hamilton County expanded the same eligibility for its residents. After talking to a few family members and friends about this, I was surprised to know that even my close circle was hesitant about getting any version of the vaccine. Doubts surged from not knowing what was in it, theories heard online of it causing death and the belief that it was unnecessary to get if ‘everyone else’ was getting it. Face palm, right?
This got me thinking, there are millions of others out there with these same beliefs and theories, or worse. How will we see improvement in our community if we are not taking the time to educate ourselves on a pandemic that has affected everyone’s life – in one way or another – for over a year now?
No, getting the vaccine will not give you COVID-19, cause you death, or give you some other type of disease. These theories have long been debunked with scientific evidence, it is just a matter of researching credible sources (that does not include Facebook, memes or lifestyle blogs).
I make this plea to everyone who is eligible to receive their dose of the vaccine: I know it may be somewhat frightening to get vaccinated with something you may not fully comprehend but please think about the half a million people who were also frightened taking their last breath here on earth due to Covid-19.
If you are indecisive, I beg for you to do your part as a responsible and educated community member, to win the fight against the pandemic that has affected over 124 million others. The sooner we cooperate in this effort, the more lives will be saved and the faster we can move past this awful nightmare.