The Continuing Drama of COVID and Vaccines

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In Covid times everything has changed, first it was a mysterious virus over in China, then it was a mysterious virus everywhere. We shut everything down, implemented mask vandates, and started learning all we could. We started work on a vaccine with the hopes it would return the world to normal, but as it was released we learned that it didn’t prevent you from getting Covid, then we learned it didn’t prevent you from spreading it, and then we got here, where the general consensus by the population and the CDC is that it makes the symptoms much much easier to deal with. This article has nothing to do with me saying you should or shouldn’t get the vaccine, that is a choice that, ultimately, everyone needs to make for themselves. If you get it you are worth the exact same as if you didn’t. Now that being said, a lot of times people that choose not to get the vaccine for whatever reason are vilified in the media, and in person. This is wrong. Vaccines in normal times take 5-10 years to develop, minimum. The Covid vaccine was developed in around a year, give or take a few months. This means for the quickest developed normal vaccines it was made in roughly 20% of the time. We didn’t have time to test it over a long period of time, we don’t know if you will develop cancer, or heart problems, or any number of things in 10 years. In 1976 there was an unprecedented spike in revolutionary Swine flu cases. The president rushed a vaccine out, and millions of people were getting the vaccine. But the lack of long term testing meant that people didn’t know that the vaccine could cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). This is a condition that causes ascending paralysis. This was linked to the swine flu vaccine. That vaccine was rushed, and it had consequences. We don’t know if the Covid vaccine will have any side effects, and for many people this is in their mind. They aren’t willing to risk the long term effects when they’re in a condition that means they have a low chance of getting severe Covid. Even though these concerns are valid, and should be respected, these people are portrayed as villains and told they aren’t getting it because they believe it’s a conspiracy, or they just don’t care about others, and that isn’t true for the majority of people who are unvaccinated. This vilification can be harmful to the unvaccinated population’s mental health and make them feel like their thoughts or beliefs in the vaccine are invalid and wrong.

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