Apart from Coronavirus, vaccinations are next thing on everyone’s minds. But will you even get it?
One year ago, our lives remained untouched. We could go, see and do what we wanted, when we wanted. Freedom, in its entirety. We couldn’t begin to imagine, how our world’s would be turned upside down, and the way we live, would be put into jeopardy.
What did ‘lockdown’ even mean? Being born in an almost free society, you almost think that freedom is a necessity. You couldn’t possibly take that away, could you? Little did we know, all it takes is an order from the Government, and you’re in lockdown before you could even question it.
That changes your perspective of the world, and your life.
One year on, today seems like a paradox universe. Life has a different meaning. We can only go out for essential reasons, or risk being fined. We can’t see out loved ones, without the looming thought that a police officer could turn up at the door at any flickering moment.
They say everyone goes through mental health problems at least once in their lives. Is it possible to have an international mental health crisis? As I assume, we’ve all cracked though these troubling times, maybe today or tomorrow.
The hope of lockdown ending, is an enticing thought at first. Then slowly, as numerous lockdowns encroached upon us, and our lives being firmly paused without any notice, the hope seems like a distant memory. The hope of life going back to “Normal” is now in the form of a vaccination.
These COVID-19 vaccines, promise life going back to normal and more. Usually vaccines take an average time of 7 years to develop. But with all hands on deck, these vaccines were developed in just a matter of months. Which leave many people hesitant, and questioning, what could possibly be in these vaccines? How could scientists develop effectively a cure for such a deadly virus, within almost record breaking time? Even I was apprehensive.
This had lead to a significant increase in conspiracy theories. One is saying it’s safe, when another’s saying Governments have all had a helping hand in an attempt to herd immunity, the list goes on.
So what do you do? Who do you believe?
The list of medications I take on a daily basis are as long as my arm. So how could I then be worried about possible effects this precaution for COVID-19? Every medication has side effects, and I would be a hypocrite if I take countless medications but refuse the vaccination due to the unknown being a reason.
Saying that, individuals in my own family have chosen not to be vaccinated, due to reasons that could be portrayed as perplexing. And some are in very high risk categories. Everyone has their reasons and shouldn’t have to justify their choice to anyone. But what would life look like if you’re not vaccinated?
Imagine wearing a mask when it’s not permitted anymore. How will you try and practice social distancing measures when everyones packing up places like sardines as the majority of the population will have a varying level of protection against COVID. It’d be virtually impossible to go on an underground tube, as there’d be no room to maintain social distancing. Even travelling on a train would be hard enough as everyone uses the walkway to get to their seats. There’s no escaping it, unless your planning on being at home forever!
If you have a newborn entering the family, you could be a risk to them. Babies can get the virus too.
It’s a catch-22. We’ll never be entirely sure of the future effects these vaccines will have on us, as there have been scandals in medicine and pharmaceutical companies in the past. Some will take reference from the Thalidomide scandal. They might’ve even lived through that and seen the first hand effects.
But there will always be doubt and hesitation involving medicines entering our body. I’d say it’s normal to question anything that’s going into you. Of course we want to know what we’re taking is safe, but in a pandemic we can all say first hand that we’ve witnessed control being taken out of our hands.
I’ve had the vaccine – the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to be exact. For the first few days I felt really under the weather; bad headaches; burning hot sensation; tired etc. Thankfully that’s passed (not looking forward to my next booster vaccine), but what’s quite funny is that my grandmother had it 2 weeks prior to me having the same vaccine, and she had no complaints. No side effects. It had me shocked!
The short term effects, affect everyone differently – you might feel as right as rain afterwards! The long term effects, we’re not so sure on, but we’ve been told it’s safe to take… Do you believe that?
Will you have the vaccine? What are you thinking? Have you already had the vaccine? Are you apprehensive? Do you not trust the vaccine? What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy this post? Comment below!