No topic in recent months has polarized Americans more than the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The recent introduction of vaccines to prevent the disease has only spurred more dissension among the ranks. I joined those who received a first vaccination last week and the experience has made me think on this issue.
If I am honest, and I try to be, I think my most pressing thoughts on the issue of vaccine safety are that it is blown way out of proportion. Vaccinations have been part of all our lives since we were first introduced to this world. They are important and valuable. I am almost entirely sure they are safe.
I, myself, may have complained about the shot. Again, in the effort to maintain honesty, I don’t like needles or shots. Then I was reminded by a friend that I once went through two brain surgeries in a week’s time. Trust me, this shot paled in comparison to the pain brought on by that experience.
Through the magic of social media, I’ve seen several angles on the subject of vaccinations. I have seen one I like several times. It states, “People who eat hot dogs and sausage on a regular basis shouldn’t refuse the COVID vaccine because they don’t know what’s in it.”
That is spot on, I mean we all took the polio vaccine, who can tell me its chemical makeup? We inject children with assorted vaccines before they go to school, does anyone outside the world of science really know what is in those?
Of course we don’t, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, many are making a mountain out of a mole hill. For the purpose of the general good, roll up your sleeves and do what’s best for society as soon as you have the opportunity to do so. That’s enough preaching on that subject.
Another thought I have is that the fact there are now three viable vaccines is a true modern medical miracle. It was only a year ago that we were introduced to the COVID plague and now its defeat is in site. The light at the end of the COVID is clear, and each day provides more evidence it is not a train.
Despite what the politicians involved say, they have nothing to do with that fact.
It is a testament to modern science and no one in Washington deserves the credit. It was not Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed and it is not Joe Biden’s roll out plan, which he likes to brag about.
It is about modern scientists using God-given talent to help us all.
The vaccination effort itself at the local level also got my attention. No production line in America has anything on the one used by Harnett Health officials last week to vaccinate hundreds of local educators. Those dedicated employees have worked for a year to treat COVID patients and now they are doing their part to prevent as many people as possible from contracting the deadly virus.
I hope when history writes the final story of COVID-19 it will sound similar to my personal thoughts. I hope as much as the illness, death and economic destruction caused by the virus fill the history books, those pages also will record the good it has brought out in the American people.
Tom Woerner is a former reporter with The Daily Record and former editor of the Harnett County News. He can be reached at email@example.com.