I’m Getting Vaccinated

Hello, friends! Although this is a grad school blog, I’m making a bit of a different post today: it’s a post about getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

I work part time as a home care aide. I’m a doctoral student in clinical psychology, but everyone else who works at the company is a LVN or RN. That makes us “essential” to the pandemic, and therefore eligible to get vaccinated. People say that either option is a risk: you can take your chances with the illness, or with the vaccination. I fell into the former category, figuring that as an active, healthy 20-year-old, I could deal with Covid-19 better than most. Besides, my family and I stay very safe.

A recent podcast episode that I listened to changed my mind a little. The host was a healthy 24 year old who thought that Covid-19 would be a walk in the park. Little did she know that Covid-19 would deliver blow after blow for two whole weeks, during which she was mostly bedridden. After listening to this, my “I’m-young-and-invincible” attitude changed a little.

Suddenly, it was as if a lightbulb went off in my head: I wanted to get vaccinated. Getting a vaccination in America at this moment is nearly impossible, so writing about it feels almost self-congratulatory. What a weird time, when people are dying to get a shot that comes with side effects and a bandaid to boot. I’m scheduled to get my first shot of the Moderna vaccine on January 7th. I was surprised that there were open slots as soon as the next day.

I won’t lie, though. I feel guilty about being one of the first people to get vaccinated because I know many people who need it more than I do. People with poor health or compromised immune systems, older people, people with asthma, and the list goes on. And here I am, a girl who exercises 5x a week, at 20 years old, getting vaccinated. It makes me wish that the distribution in America was better than it is.

I read quite a bit about the clinical trials and decided for myself that I feel safe getting the vaccine. I’ll blog about my full experience on January 7th so that people who are more hesitant may be reassured.

Published by adventuresofagradgirl.wordpress.com

Hi, I'm Vera. I'm starting grad school for neuropsychology in fall 2020. A google search revealed that there are no current grad school blogs for psychology students. Anyway, I happen to know a girl who wants to document her journey to getting a doctorate (spoiler: it's me). Welcome. Hope you stay awhile!

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