With the arrival of a COVID vaccine, there are many views about whether or not to get this vaccine. Maybe you’re wondering whether or not you should get it, or you have already decided one way or the other. While there are differences in opinions, I thought I would throw my opinion in the mix and share why, when I am allowed, will get the COVID-19 vaccination.
It’s safe. We are always taking risks from leaving our house to go to work or school, to getting on an airplane to travel to another state or country, there is almost no way to avoid risks. Even staying at home is a risk! The issue for me is not whether or not it’s risky to get the COVID-19 vaccination, but how much risk am I willing to accept. So far 2.1 million Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Out of that number, about 11 people have had a severe allergic reaction to it. That represents about a 1 in 190,000 chance of getting some sort of allergic reaction. For a bit of context: the odds of you being struck by lightning is 1 in 180,746. The odds of dying in a car accident is 1 in 106. You and I have a greater risk of dying from a fall, cancer, or heart disease, than having an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.
It’s effective. Depending on the type of vaccination you receive, the effectiveness of it is anywhere between 70-95%. Two of the most common COVID-19 vaccinations: Moderna and Pfizer are 94% and 95% effective against the COVID-19 virus. While I wish it was 100% effective, that is simply not going to happen here with a virus that mutates and changes, but the effectiveness rate is still impressive. And that’s saying nothing of the fact that I will have a high immunity from COVID-19 which has killed hundreds of thousands of people in our country alone.
It’s ethical. Some Christians have objected to vaccinations in general because several vaccinations are created using aborted fetal cell lines such as Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. Many of the viruses that these vaccines and others were created to fight, were grown from fetal stem lines from two elective abortions in the 1960s. However, the vaccines themselves do not contain these stem lines or DNA, and no other fetal stem lines have been used to grow viruses. Both the Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines are different in that they did not use fetal stem cell lines in the development of their vaccines. This has led several pro-life groups such as the Charlotte Lozier Institute and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to declare these two vaccines as “ethically uncontroversial.”
It’s responsible. For a variety of reasons: age, health concerns, allergic reactions, some people will not be able to get the vaccine. This is where herd immunity is crucial. Herd immunity will help protect those who cannot be protected by the vaccine. As a member of a family, a church, and a citizen of this country there are things I believe I am called to do to protect the most vulnerable and act responsibly. I’m drawn to the words of Galatians 6:2 which calls on us to, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” I believe I can help do this by getting vaccinated.
These are the reasons why I will get vaccinated. What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them!