Observations of an Overthinker

Anyone alive has already accepted this social agreement.

Should everyone get a COVID-19 vaccine? Yes. (If you are fit.)
Will everyone get one? No.
Is it safe? Extremely.
Do some people think it isn’t? More than I care to acknowledge.

Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines (as per the CDC):

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
  • CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

I was hesitant to post this but I know countless people who are looking to get vaccinated. To be clear, my hesitation stems from respect for people higher up the waiting and requirement list looking to get vaccinated first. (Even though I am considered high risk, I have chosen to wait until tonight.)

Rockie and I signed up multiple times with a local college to volunteer with vaccine distribution in hopes of circumstantially getting any leftover doses at the end of the day. Unfortunately, they have canceled every registration thus far (decided to close Tuesday, shift canceled Thursday, etc). I said to Rockie today, let’s just drive over to a local pharmacy and see if they have a waiting list. We walked in at 3:50 pm and they had 2 Moderna shots left. We just got our 1st vaccination! Our 2nd and final dose is already scheduled!

To the hoax, anti-vaxxer, wearing a mask is a joke, and this is a global conspiracy to control us community, don’t be surprised if you are unable to participate in society’s luxuries (Air travel; domestic and international, concerts, sporting events, etc.) if you refuse to get vaccinated. I do not believe anyone should be forced to get vaccinated. But, not unlike other social regulations put in place restricting behaviors that directly threaten public health, safety or well-being (EPA, CPSC, etc.), you should not be able to cause harm or put others at risk. Anyone alive and reading this has already accepted this social agreement.

There are only two ways I have read to get us back to a semi-normal global society: A population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection. The “WHO supports achieving ‘herd immunity’ through vaccination, not by allowing a disease to spread through any segment of the population, as this would result in unnecessary cases and deaths.” I agree. I wish we would have acted this way much sooner.

After a year of non-response, I am over the moon we have an administration that cares about this and has made it priority #1. I can not express how incredible it feels to be back in a healthy society where we lift one another up. I want to get back to normal as much as anyone. Yet…we are humans. We are susceptible. We are complex and often overconfident (while underinformed). This is not necessary. Up-to-date information is there for all to see. Take the politics out of the equation then see where you land. Science and proper personal health have kept us alive this long and continue to improve our lives daily. I plan to keep following both.

Here’s to a healthier and safer 2021.

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