Eight or so months ago, I was on the fence about being vaccinated for Covid. It seemed, to me, too hastily sent to market, and I was suspicious. It was unproven, uncertain, unknown. I decided to wait until most people had gotten it, and then see how they would react, maybe a year or so down the line.
And then, I got a phone call. A relative of a relative, a young, vibrant woman in her early 30’s, healthier than me – had died suddenly of Covid. I know the next question you’re going to ask: “But did she have underlying conditions?” I don’t know. When the deceased dies of Covid (as I was able to tell from the answers to the tentative, polite questions you’re allowed to ask someone who has just lost a very dear loved one), they only do a limited autopsy. But it doesn’t matter. She didn’t know that she had underlying conditions if she did, and even if she had, she didn’t deserve to die.
From that moment, the vaccine was an easy decision for me. Could I suffer ill effects from it? Maybe. But I knew without a shadow of a doubt that it was possible for me to die from this virus.
I was able to quietly and reverently make this decision. I hadn’t posted on social media or yelled to all of my friends that I wouldn’t, but this post is here to tell you that it’s ok to get this life-saving treatment no matter what you’ve said about it in the past.
What if you berated others for getting it? It’s ok, it can save your life.
What if you swore up and down that you would never do it? It’s ok, it can save your life.
What if you have decided that you may want to get it, but you don’t want to tell anyone? It’s ok, it can save your life.
What if, at the end of this thing (assuming that ever happens), the vaccine has been revealed to be a hoax, and you did it for nothing? It’s ok, it can save MY life.
At the end of the day, of course, this is your decision, and I respect that. You deserve to have bodily autonomy, and no one should force you. Be prepared, though, to be lonely. You won’t be able to attend concerts or large gatherings. The choice you make is one that you will have to live with, for however long.
Unless now, at the 11th hour, you change your mind.