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You should get vaccinated, here’s why Jadyn Taylor

COVID-19 remains a dangerous threat in 2021. Not just for the elderly, but for children as well. All ages have been affected for almost two years now, but there is a way for this to end––the vaccine.

Antibodies are fighting the coronavirus. Antibodies are Y-shaped proteins used by the immune system to neutralize bacteria and viruses in your body.

Vaccines help build up your immune system to fight specific viruses like COVID-19. The way it works is that the doctors inject your body with mRNA that teaches your cells to make a harmless spike protein, that’s also on the covid cells so that your body recognizes the spike proteins don’t belong there and then gets rid of it. As a result, when your body comes into contact with COVID-19, it will know how to fight it off, providing you with greater immunity than someone who has not received the vaccine.

People simply don't want to be told what to do, they want to have freedom and choice, which is understandable, but it could seriously harm or kill you or your family. Unfortunately, there are still people who refuse to take the vaccine because they are afraid it hasn't been tested.

“The vaccines are remarkably effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death,” said Dr. Catherine Foster, a general internal medicine doctor who is affiliated with Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. “There's a misconception that the virus appeared, we came up with the vaccine, and then we just started giving it to people, which is not the case. We had been looking at creating vaccines for other viruses that are similar and so the technology existed, we just hadn't used it.”

Some people just won't take this vaccine despite the protection it provides because they get confused and worried every time they read on social media that the vaccine doesn’t work and that you shouldn’t get it.

"Educating people and helping people really understand the facts is probably the best way to overcome reluctance," Dr. Foster said. "If people believe that maybe their choices are not their own, you can help them understand why it's so important for us to protect ourselves and then in protecting ourselves protecting others around us."

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The choice may be yours, but think about the people around you and then make your decision about getting vaccinated. Yes, there are other ways to prevent yourself from getting the virus, like wearing a mask or even social distancing, but those are only temporary fixes to the main issue. If you get the virus in the future, without having taken the vaccine, you could end up not getting the treatment for covid that you need.

"As time goes by and we see more numbers of 95 percent of the people who are in the ICU and then die are unvaccinated and we also see that as healthcare resources become tapped out, doctors and health care providers are going to have to start stratifying risks and start saying things like, ‘we're going to not treat this patient because we don't have resources,’” said Dr. Shannon Forshey, a pediatrician who works at Phoenix children's hospital. “Essentially, by not getting the vaccine you could find yourself in a position where you don’t receive care at a hospital and you could get severely ill or worse die.

Everyone needs to remember that these are scary and confusing times. However, we are all in it together and we can overcome this horrific event in our lives today. That’s why if you have any questions, talk to your local doctor and read the CDC guidelines which answer common questions that people have such as, “Do COVID-19- vaccines contain microchips?” The CDC will give a concise response saying, “No. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips. Vaccines are developed to fight against disease and are not administered to track your movement. Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. ​​After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first.”

The point is that you're not alone in this pandemic. Everyone is suffering, scared, and afraid, but we can eventually overcome this pandemic and prevent more people from becoming severely ill or dead. So remember that to stay safe in these times and keep others safe, you need to get vaccinated, not just for yourself, but for everyone.