Get ready… get set… and… go… I’m not going to lie, getting the Covid-19 vaccine was literally one of the scariest decisions that I have had to make in my adult life…
This post is for all of my friends, family, and followers who are struggling about whether or not they want to get the vaccine, but more so for the Brown and Black community who rightfully so, have lost trust in US medical professionals and the healthcare system overall. They have failed us and are continuing to so through this pandemic, ESPECIALLY, Black women… just saying…
I am a 34 year old woman who works out at least 4 days a week, I have never gotten the flu shot, hate taking simple medications such as Tylenol, hate antibiotics (every medical professional in my family is having a heart attack because of that statement) and refuse to take opioids unless I’m dying. I don’t have any pre existing conditions, no crazy allergies to medications, my heart is good, lungs are good the whole nine.
That being said, this vaccine is not for everyone. Nothing is, and I will never say anything different.
As you can probably tell from my stripped off uniform and bulletproof vest, I’m a police officer. I only say that because that is the reason why I was able to get early access to the vaccine. If you asked me yesterday, there was no way that I was ever going to get it. Not because I don’t believe that Covid is real and deadly but because I felt that the process of creating the vaccine was too short and I did not want to become a zombie or paralyzed or die as a result of getting vaccinated…BUT for this woman, the devil I know (COVID-19) was a heck of a lot scarier than the one I don’t (possible side effects). For the next few months, I am going to honestly document the side effects, for now, it’s just a sore arm, that I experience as a result of the vaccine in an attempt to help ease the minds of people on the fence, praying that all goes well 🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾
Here are some of the answers to the questions that I had that helped me make the educated decision to get vaccinated shout out to my nurse sister who did ALL of the research!!!!
1. How did this vaccine get to market so quickly?
One of the main reasons vaccinations and new drugs take a long time to get to market is because scientists spend much of their time working to procure funding. Due to the global pandemic, funding was not an issue and was readily available.
2. Are these companies only out for profit?
I was pleasantly surprised to find many of these companies were working together and sharing their successes and failures to ensure that lessons could be learned from both.
3. Were key steps skipped to rush the vaccine to market?
The COVID vaccine went through all of the three stages of clinical trials prior to going to market. A process that all vaccines have to go through no matter the length of research and development. Thus, as far as safety and efficacy are concerned, steps were not skipped.
4. Why two doses?
Many vaccinations need multiple doses because practice makes perfect!!! Research shows that our bodies need at least two interactions with Covid-19 at a weakened level in order to be ready for the real fight if and when it happens.
5. What is the benefit of taking the vaccine when most people survive the disease?
COVID-19 has the capability of contributing to lingering adverse effects such as organ failure, blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes in those who have contracted the disease, even in the young and healthy. While you can survive the disease, it has a tendency to leave behind scars that can be felt for years to come and possibly decrease life expectancy.