On Nov. 9, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their COVID-19 vaccine was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing people from contracting the novel coronavirus. On Nov. 16, Moderna announced their COVID-19 vaccine to have an efficacy of 94.5%.
I had zero expectations for news of a potential vaccine. I had started to lose hope and had accepted that my current reality of reduced contact, shielding, and fear every time someone around me coughed or sneezed would be all I knew for a very long time.
I was extremely happy upon hearing the news. I suddenly thought about things becoming normal again, which was something I had looked forward to but was not expecting to happen.
This news instantly lifted my spirits. I think of myself as a naturally positive person, but I guess constant exposure to bad news diminished my hope.
There is still a long way to go in terms of ensuring the vaccine’s safety and distributing it effectively. Regardless, I am so thankful to learn that medical advances are being made. I am becoming more hopeful.
When discussing this news with those close to me, I expected to hear more positive opinions. This was not the case. “I’m not getting a vaccine” is the response I have heard over and over again, and this took me by surprise.
This just reiterated how seriously people have to take this pandemic. Because I am extremely clinically vulnerable due to sickle cell disease, I will get vaccinated as soon as a safe option becomes available. I have to do my part to protect myself, especially if those around me aren’t as concerned about catching the virus.
Whenever a new medication or vaccination is developed, I understand that people may feel very apprehensive to use it for a range of different reasons. However, this virus and the threat it poses are very real, so I need to act with my best interests in mind.
I have to trust that scientists and researchers are doing their part to make it as safe as possible. They have guidelines and criteria they must fulfill, so I take comfort in that. I look forward to hearing more good news.
How did you feel when you heard about the COVID-19 vaccine? Do you intend to get vaccinated when one becomes available? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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