• Anna McLean

Why I Decided to Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

As soon as I heard that Pfizer had been approved to start distribution of their two-shot vaccine to the public aged 16 and up, I felt a little bit unsure if I wanted to get it, if I’m being truly honest. I knew that Pfizer had been doing clinical research and trials regarding getting the vaccine distributed to the portion of the population that isn’t adults, but I was still wary. At first, I knew a couple of my peers who had gotten it, but that was mainly for their jobs. All of them had been fine, so what was the hold-up for me?

All of that wariness and caution, however, vanished after one conversation. I was set to fly down to Florida for the upcoming Spring Break, but I was so worried about seeing my older grandparents - especially if they weren’t vaccinated. My grandma called me sometime in the late winter, and she was beyond excited to announce that she and my Grandpa had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine! They had had a little bit of achiness and my Grandma ran a bit of a fever after her second dose, but they felt nothing that wasn’t already being advised. I was elated that I was going to get to go down and hug them for the first time in at least a year and a half without masks on, and that I wouldn’t have to constantly worry about their health and how my brother and I might affect it.

When we’d arrived in Florida, they gave us the biggest hugs for the first time in what seemed like forever. One day we were down with them, I received a text from an automated system I’d signed up to be on to notify me of open vaccine appointments, but I still hadn’t booked mine purely because I was still on the fence about the decision. I asked my Grandma why she and my Grandpa decided to get theirs and she said, “It felt like a golden ticket. We’ve been so cautious for the past year and a half, and we just knew that we had to get it if we wanted to see you guys and get back to a little bit of normal again.” That’s what made me get my COVID-19 vaccine. It made me realize I am so privileged to not have had to worry about my immediate health for the past year and a half. I haven’t been worried that if I contracted COVID-19, that there’s a chance I could die - I’m young and healthy. My Grandma referring to her vaccine as her “golden ticket” made me realize how selfish it seems that I hadn’t gotten it as soon as I could. I’m so grateful that I still have my grandparents, and that I now have both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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