Check out my new post on Vaccinate Your Family’s blog Shot of prevention!
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.
Today I unboxed the Families Against COVID-19 Action Kit!
Families Against COVID-19 is an initiative by the Kimberly Coffey Foundation and the Emily Stillman Foundation to help educate communities across the United States on the importance of vaccination against COVID-19.
The initiative was started by two mothers, Patti and Alicia, who each lost their daughters to another vaccine-preventable disease called Meningitis B. They know that vaccines can mean the difference between life and death.
In memory of their daughters, the mission of both foundations is focused on meningitis education, but they felt it was important to use their stories to do their part during this public health emergency, and encourage others to do the same. Today, we have the power to help prevent COVID-19 with the COVID-19 vaccine.
That’s why Alicia and Patti have come together with other families that have lost loved ones to other vaccine-preventable diseases to share one simple message: Don’t take a chance. Get the COVID-19 vaccine today for you and your family!
Together, their goal is to make sure no other family has to go through what they went through. On the campaign’s website, FamiliesAgainstCOVID19.org, you can find simple, easy-to-understand information on COVID-19 prevention, including the vaccine. You can also download several of the materials in this box, or order a box of your own so you can advocate in your own community!
Head to familiesagainstcovid19.org for more!
Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines. You may have heard the rumors going around that mRNA vaccines can alter your DNA., but there is no validity to this. My latest video on Vaccinate Your Family’s blog called Shot of Prevention explains why!
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