Public health comes through innovation
Like many patients with pre-existing conditions, I’ve spent much of the past year on high alert.
I suffer from high blood pressure and only have one functioning kidney, leaving me vulnerable to developing severe complications from COVID-19.
My loved ones also stayed vigilant in 2020 to protect me, following social distancing guidelines and only leaving the house when absolutely necessary.
Last August, the stress I felt from covid came to a head with shingles. I am still dealing with residual pain and see a pain management specialist for treatment.
But we are finally starting to see the end of this pandemic. With vaccine rollout underway across New York, I’m confident that normalcy is just around the corner.
My husband and I have received our vaccine, and several of my children are on their way to being completely protected.
My oldest, who works as a special-education teacher, is fully vaccinated; my second oldest, a part-time essential worker, got his first shot; and my pregnant daughter took part in a nationwide vaccine study.
I am grateful for the scientists that innovated to deliver three — and counting — vaccines against COVID-19. However, we must ensure efforts like this can continue years into the future. All my grandchildren should have the same access to medical advancements that we have had.
I hope our representatives in Congress support pharmaceutical companies and their research this year, because such innovation will be critical not only for the patients of today, but also for generations to come.
Tired of tracking down a covid shot
I’m tired of chasing the COVID-19 vaccine.
This shouldn’t be this hard to get a shot in the arm. If they don’t start making it any easier, I’m not going to bother with the vaccine.
Hey, the commercials say it’s easy and there are a lot of places offering the shot.
Well guess what, there’s a waiting list along with that and there are only select pharmacies and vaccination sites.
Well the knife in the back is that nobody has the one-shot only vaccine available. I get severe side effects from vaccines.
Tiredness, skin irritation, headaches and site soreness are among the problems that can last for me up to a week on common flu shots.
So the question is do I bother?
If the only shot available is the primary with the booster, why do I want to chase a vaccine for two weeks of misery?
Another problem involves a TV series I saw called “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.”
An episode which aired about 10 years ago involved a doctor who reported that governments will produce a virus then use mass inoculations as a way to monitor the general public.
Whether this is true or not, it plays in my head with chasing a vaccine with inconvenient accessibility which will cause me nothing but side effect misery for a week and that a TV show predicted this type of possibility of occurrence.
This crazy challenge is making me feel like saying just let everyone else be “lemmings.”
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