Disclaimer- this is my opinion, based on facts I have acquired. It is only my opinion. It is also the opinion of a Nurse Practitioner who has cared for countless Covid-19 patients since March and lost so many whose families shouldn't have to be mourning a loved one.
Why am I getting the vaccine?
- Because the people in charge of vaccine rollout are nonpartisan scientists who just want to do the right thing for people.
- Because the COVID-19 vaccine is based on the MERS-COV vaccine that was in development several years ago
- From the CDC: "The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine(s) available."
- What are the side effects? Pfizer has run tests that include more than 44,000 people. An FDA analysis of the vaccine's safety and effectiveness on people aged 16 and older found "no specific safety concerns" that would preclude the vaccine's use. Some mild to moderate side effects are common — mostly swelling, pain, redness at the injection site, fatigue and sometimes including fever that resolves within about 24 hours. link here
- The American Nurses Association and American Association of Critical Care Nurses recommend vaccination
- Because healthcare providers are weary. We are tired of somber phone calls to family members for days on end. We are tired of being the only ones to bear witness as a patient with Covid dies. We are tired of fighting a battle we know we will often lose. Because, as a colleague said, "we keep coming to work because THERE IS NO ONE ELSE".