To Get Vaccinated, To Not Get Vaccinated
By: Alishea Taylor
Fear of the unknown is stressful not knowing what’s happening next or when the nightmare will end. At the end of 2019 there were whispers about a virus many didn’t take seriously; including the former president Trump, “I know all about the virus, and I have no reason to worry.” By March the globe felt the wrath of the virus Covid-19. The year of 2020 has been traumatizing to say the least—businesses closing, mandatory isolation, no solid evidence of this new strand of virus is a true recipe for anxiety.
Almost a year into the pandemic, the world has come and went. There’s been phases of lockdowns, mandatory mask laws in place and six feet social distancing. Everyone is trying to do their part; however, and whatever that means to them. Some are welcoming the new vaccine others aren’t for it all. Sarah Douglas, a college student is all for the vaccination. She would consider herself to have a weak immune system— “Every year I catch a cold or a bad respiratory infection. One year I got the flu shot late, and I almost died.” Douglas, unfortunately, contracted the virus a few months ago, she says “it’s the weirdest condition I’ve ever had, everyone should get vaccinated.”
On the opposing side of the vaccination, Kayla Thomas won’t ever be getting the vaccination unless it becomes mandatory by law. She’s the type to get an allergic reaction out of everything, and doesn’t even receive vaccinations like Hep B or the Flu vaccination.
With all the mixed information in the media it’s hard to form your own opinion. Genevieve Haydel, a licensed therapist says many are struggling with anxiety and some situational depression stemming from the pandemic. “Should they get vaccinated, or shouldn’t they”? Well, she isn’t a licensed medical doctor, but what she advises is if it makes you feel better, do it. In today’s climate we can only do what feels right for now, nothing is promised too far out.