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Don’t be stubborn; get the vaccine

Posted on May 5, 2021

Updated on May 6, 2021

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Jean McCamy

Jean McCamy

Last Saturday was a beautiful day. I went to a soccer game without a mask. We won. That was a wonderful trifecta!

While we’re not ready to retire our masks entirely and perhaps never, after experiencing a flu season with almost no cases reported, the mandate has been lifted for wearing masks outdoors except when in large, closely spaced groups, and it feels very good.

Now, if we can just get everybody vaccinated against COVID, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and begin to live more normally again. I am absolutely gobsmacked by the people who refuse to get vaccinated. What are they thinking? It is the most painless vaccination I’ve ever had. Since I’m always busy staring at the ceiling whenever someone sticks a needle in me, I wasn’t even sure I had had the shot until I got a band-aid pressed on my arm. Piece of cake!

Sure, a few people have felt bad for about 24 hours after receiving the shot, but that’s a lot better than getting COVID and possibly being very ill or even dying, or experiencing the disease’s aftereffects that keep showing up. It would be bad enough to be sick, but really terrible to be a long-hauler and realize it could have been prevented so easily.

Almost everyone has been vaccinated against something — smallpox, measles, mumps, flu, pneumonia, tetanus, shingle, or weird things required for travel to some parts of the world. Why are they so afraid to get this shot to protect themselves and those around them? Maybe afraid isn’t the right word. Maybe it’s “why are they so stubborn and selfish?” Just saying.

I feel sure we will all have to get boosters of the COVID vaccine, but that’s OK. Right now, I’m just enjoying the peace of mind of having my vaccinations and knowing that those I love have had theirs as well. My hope is that soon the whole world can share that peace of mind.

Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.

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