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Updated: Jan 29, 2021

The announcement of the release of the COVID-19 vaccine sparked both hopefulness and dubiousness. Concerned about the risks of contracting coronavirus while questioning the safety of the vaccine. The decision to obtain the first dosage was made carefully.

Questioning the #COVID-19 vaccination

January 15 is the birthdate of the civil right’s icon Reverend Martin Luther King. It is also the day that I received the first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination. The decision to accept the injection was after much research, conservations and contemplation.

The announcement of the release of the COVID19 vaccine was received across the country with both excitement and skepticism. We are grateful for the development of a vaccine, that is highly effective at preventing COVID19 ( However, the speed of the production of this #vaccine brings concerns regarding the short and long-term side effects. Researchers worked for several decades to develop an effective polio vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccination was developed in less than a year. While applauding the advancement of modern research and scientific development, I am questioning the product’s safety.

Confused and concerned, I needed to make a decision. I constantly vacillated about the vaccination. The following statements contributed to my decision,

  • My Mom is at a greater risk for requiring hospitalization or dying if diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • As a type1 insulin-dependent diabetic, I am at a greater risk for developing serious life-threatening complications if diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • Who would care for my mother if I was diagnosed with COVID-19?

  • My medical communities recommend the vaccination.

  • The public health department recommends the vaccination.

  • Friends and associates in the medical and research community recommend the vaccination.

  • The United States currently has a limited supply of the vaccine (

  • State access to the vaccination is limited.

  • I have benefited from the influenza vaccine for twenty years without short- and long- term negative consequences.

  • Doctor appointments require increasing exposure to the virus.

After prayerful consideration, I decided to weigh the known facts over the unknown possibilities and register and obtain the COVID-19 vaccination.


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