We have gone through a lot during this pandemic. So, “Please Get a COVID-19 Shot When You Are Eligible.” It’s amazing that we need to post about the importance of getting vaccinated. As with so many other issues in our lives these days, this too has become highly politized. Including shutting off vaccinations for a couple of hours at LA’s Dodger Stadium. Due to a small group of protestors blocking the entrance.
Protect All of Us: Please Get a COVID-19 Shot When You Are Eligible
Yes, we are very much pro vaccine. Especially for us high-risk individuals. If you are anti-vaccine, we hope that you may change your mind.
How troubling is the vaccination situation? According to Cearron Bagenda, reporting for CBS 58 (in Milwaukee):
A recent study shows only 52-percent of Americans say they’re willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The percentage could pose problems to ending the pandemic. Yet, “To reach those levels that we need in our community to get herd immunity requires perhaps upwards of 80-percent of our population,” reports Dr. Ben Weston, medical director, Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management.
The study by IHME shows 52-percent of Americans as willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, 25-percent not sure, and 23-percent not willing to get it at all. IHME says it’s important educational campaigns target the 48-percent who are unsure or won’t get vaccinated. “We need to not only have the supply of vaccine on hand, but certainly the infrastructure to deliver it and the willingness of the broader population to receive it,” said Dr. Weston.
What the CDC Says About Vaccines
We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated . Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated:
- Research on all COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States showns them as highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
- All COVID-19 vaccines in development require careful evaluation via clinical trials. Approvals occur only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
- Based on what we know, experts believe a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you get COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you,
- Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19. As well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
- The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
Examples of the Divide In People’s Vaccine Behavior
Here, we present examples of the opposing views on vaccines.
On the one hand, we see the pro-vaccine folks. Indeed, some people will go to great lengths for the vaccine. For example, we see “New Yorkers Are Willing to Drive Six Hours to Nab Covid-19 Vaccine’:
Facing a limited supply of Covid-19 vaccine doses and what they say is a disjointed system for securing appointments. Some New York residents plan to travel hundreds of miles across the state to get a shot. Maura Laverty, a 66-year-old nurse from a suburb of New York City, will go a a road trip after nabbing an appointment in a snow-covered college town near the Canadian border.
On the other hand, we see the anti-vaccine folks. Two examples.
While millions of Americans wait to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, the fire chief in Los Angeles offers prizes up to $1,000 to stations where every employee gets one. There have been so few takers that he considers extending the deadline Since they became eligible a month ago, about 1,800 of L.A.’s 3,347 firefighters, or 55%, have taken at least one dose.
Officials from Ohio said recently that 60% of nursing-home staff so far haven’t elected to take the vaccine. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that state officials expect 30% of health-care workers offered the vaccine will ultimately turn it down. Two-thirds of the staff at a Florida hospital refused the vaccine in January, leaving so many unused doses that the facility started giving away shots to the general public.
Please Get a COVID-19 Shot When You Are Eligible!!!!!!