AM I GOING TO GET THE COVID VACCINE?
As I am writing this article, the news is reporting that we hit over 3,000 daily deaths related to the COVID-19 crisis for the first time. Additionally, several people in my office have come down with the virus and many of my clients or their families have lost loved ones to it.
The question is as follows: am I going to get the “COVID-19 Vaccine” when it is available to me? This is the talk amongst everyone these days. Other questions include who will get access to the vaccine first? Is it safe? What are the side effects? Which vaccine should I take if I am willing to move forward?
You might think this is an easy decision for me but think again! We are in unprecedented times with this horrible illness. In fact, I asked my 88-year-old father the other day if he has ever been through anything like this during his lifetime. His answer was “never”!! I also asked him if he will be first in line to get the vaccine based on his age and health history. Again, his answer surprised me as well….”no”! It made me think about which way I would go on this topic since my father is a bright man and a retired doctor.
My decision came down to a typical attorney analysis. I decided to look at the “pros” and “cons” of taking the vaccine. The “cons” of the vaccine for me were the side effects and the unknown. The side effects appear to be severe allergic reactions if you are prone to it, pain, redness or swelling near the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and joint pain. The “unknown” is that we are in new territory and no one is sure what the long-term effects might be on your body. The “pros” of the vaccine are obvious…being immune to getting the virus and also avoiding giving it to others.
When it came down to making my decision, it was easy. As long as Dr. Anthony Fauci says it is safe, then I am moving forward with the vaccine. My rationale is simple, I want to protect my wife and kids. In other words, I do not want to be the cause of why they got this virus if it were to happen. Now, you have to decide for yourself which is the right decision for you…
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