There is a general rule I have in class that encourages people to communicate openly without having to rely on the Smartphone: Communication is Key- Put the Phone Down and Talk to Someone about this.
This has been a key issue when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine. Many of us have been skeptical about the shots because of the effects on the human body, in particular with the vector-shots and the likes of Aztra-Seneca and Johnson & Johnson because of the reports of thrombosis- in particular, with the former. Some have been militant about this and not only have refused to take the shot but also have strongly encouraged others not to take them.
I myself have gotten the shot recently, using the vaccine by Johnson & Johnson. The company has had a world-renowned reputation for producing medicines and other household products, including bandages and other first-aid supplies. One of the first cosmetic products you would buy for the first time in America is highly likely from Johnson & Johnson. I have a long list of reasons for my decision to take the vaccine two of which I will mention outright: 1. As a teacher and being in contact with many students, colleagues and the like, it is important to vaccinate in order to avoid getting infected, and 2. Being a blogger and a passionate traveler, when visiting places, like Christmas markets and other festivals, one is less likely to get sick when innoculated than when you are not. Those themselves are justified reasons for getting the shot.
Although many pharma-companies have Covid-19 vaccines available for use- Pfizer, Aztra-Seneca, Sinovac, Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik V and others, they are not readily available everywhere and being selective over the shots maybe impossible because of the limited supply. Therefore, we must choose our poison and the lesser of all evils to ensure that everything will go alright in the end.
But many of us are scared of the effects and would like to know if the vaccines do indeed help. Before getting my Johnson & Johnson shot, I did some research on the product but not only through reading the news and documents on the products. I asked around. It’s one of a few suggestions I have for you if you are still skeptical of the shot, which is understandable.
ASK OTHERS ABOUT THE SHOT: By telephone, in social media or even when you ask someone who has taken the shot or knows someone who has, they can provide you with some information on the effects and perhaps some advice on how to soften the blow when it comes to the effects.
ALLOW THE DOCTOR TO TALK ABOUT IT: At the time of the vaccination with the doctor, allow them to explain more about the shot. This will give you time to absorb the information and provide you with a chance to ask some questions. This one I did because of some loopholes that were open that I wanted closed before taking that step. Questions are free and the answers are as gold worthy as assumptions, which can be costly.
COVID-19 DIARY: This one I’m doing at present. Using a small note pad, you can keep track of the effects of the vaccine on your body. A date, time and some notes about your body and mind as a result of the Covid-19 shot will do. It helps doctors who can follow up on the patterns should you need to go there due to severe illness or worse. The should be done between the time the shot is given and the time the body has to work through, which as a general rule, should be 2-4 weeks afterwards. It depends on the consultation of the doctor and the shot you are taking
SPOTTER: Just as important is having someone observe you to make sure you are doing fine. The closest member of the family, like your spouse and kids, can also track your patterns and help you when needed.
And lastly, during the time of the shot you may have to forego some beverages, foods and supplements to ensure the vaccine can work faster and easier without the body going into a flux. Even if it’s for up to six weeks, letting go of alcohol, some meats, vitamines and medications and other products that the body may not react well with the vaccine will help.
These tips can apply for other shots, even for booster shots if it’s deemed necessary. Nevertheless, it is important to communicate with others about the shot and document your experiences so that you can share your experiences with those who are skeptical. You cannot force others to forego the shot, especially as the virus can cause long-term effects if a person is infected. It can even kill the healthiest of people. You can however encourage others to make a decision that is beneficial to themselves. The bottom line is when presenting the information and experiences possible, it will make the experience of getting the Covid-19 shot a lot easier.
As this post is going online, stores are opening up and events are taking place, all of which have limited entries- either a Covid-19 shot or a vaccination pass with proof that you got the shot. The virus is notorious for mutating and will definitely linger in society for a long period of time, even if we reach the herd immunity levels of at least 70%. Still, many of us are afraid of the shot, which is understandable. The bottom line is the virus, as nasty and sneaky as it is, is going to take the best of us away. The vaccines are there. Instead of going militant and opposing it, why don’t we just talkt o others about the vaccine, get the shot and get back to the normalcy we’ve been craving for over a year? Communication has been a major problem because of misinformation. Yet communication is key in obtaining the information from others who have gotten the shot.
So with that, communication is key- talk to someone about it.