I have a new video on Vaccinate Your Family’s blog called Shot of Prevention: Are Vaccines Made with Fetal Cells?
Check it out at the link below:
We got our second COVID-19 vaccine a few days ago. In two weeks we will be considered “fully vaccinated.” This is exciting because we are part of the solution to this pandemic, and also because the CDC’s guidelines are changing, and we are on our way to being able to go back to doing the things we love to do.
Two stickers on a vaccine card is a BIG DEAL. [ For the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine, it’s just one sticker.]
If you read my last post on my first COVID-19 vaccine, you may remember how incredibly emotional I felt about it. I can’t recall many days since last spring where I didn’t type “COVID-19” for one of my many writing jobs. I have to type about this disease and vaccine just about every day. So, getting the vaccine felt like a big deal. But when I got the first dose, it wasn’t, and that was hard.
Getting the second dose felt like I closed a chapter––not the whole book, but a chapter.
I went home, and that night I felt achy and exhausted. I felt that way into the next day, but not for long. And that next day is when the CDC announced its new guidelines that fully vaccinated people could shed their masks in many places where the unvaccinated could not.
I don’t know how I feel about that yet.
We have a really long road ahead of us. We may be getting boosters every year like we do for the flu shot. Or maybe we won’t. That’s still undecided as of right now: May 2021.
I wonder what I’ll be writing about coronavirus vaccines in May 2022. Time will tell.
For now, all we can do is get vaccinated. If you’re not getting vaccinated, continue to wear your mask.
I urge everyone hesitant to get this vaccine to make sure you’re getting your information from reputable resources. Are you searching for information that backs up your beliefs, or are you seeking information that the experts agree to be accurate? I am linking some reputable resources below so that you have a great starting point in your quest for information.
Get those vaccine cards filled up and stay safe, everyone!!
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
First of all, I’m more than delighted to have been given the opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. A lot of us have been.
If you don’t already know, I work for a handful of AMAZING vaccine education organizations and we all have been SO busy with all that’s come with COVID-19 and the vaccine over the past year. I’ve barely had time to keep up with my personal vaccine education blog and social media––something that I enjoy doing very much.
Since just the talk of the new vaccines, I’ve been involved with educating the public and healthcare workers through my writing and videos in my current positions. As a vaccine scientist, I’ve followed the science closely. We learned about mRNA vaccines in graduate school, and I’m just fascinated with the fact that we have them available to us RIGHT NOW. Back then it was just an experimental thing. Now it’s real, and that’s so, so cool.
When the Pizer-BioNTech vaccine went for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) back in December, I watched CDC’s ACIP meeting, and my colleagues and I waited into the night for the word that the vaccine was authorized to be used in the U.S. It was a victory and a new beginning. We cheered, we cried, and we wrote about it.
We cheered when Moderna and Janssen (J&J) got EUA in the U.S., and we will wait and watch for what comes next.
Every time something came out, we wrote about it. Every time there was a big event, a new vaccine authorized, we wrote about it. We wrote into the night to put out the information bright and early in the morning. We still do.
Every little thing is a big thing right now when it comes to these vaccines and calming the pandemic that’s still running wild on this world. Everything is new and scary and interesting.
It’s so unbelievable, all that’s been done over the last year and how far vaccine science has come. I also hope we never have to go through such a crisis and need a vaccine so quickly ever again.
That’s why this feels so monumental.
This vaccine has been at the center of my life for so long now. It’s what I do and think about every day.
Because it’s such a part of my life, I had built up the event of getting the vaccine so much that it had become TOO MUCH. And because of that, it came down on me really hard today.