What’s the Bigger Risk?

Ellis+Greene

Ellis Greene

Ellis Greene, staff reporter

Over the course of a year, Covid-19 has been the cause of over 400,000 deaths across the United States. In order to progress towards a more sustainable future, Pfizer has developed a vaccine to build antibodies that will fight against the virus. While many people have shown enthusiasm to take this vaccine, there have also been many people who are hesitant against doing so.

Recently I attended a zoom meeting for a family reunion, as we are still unable to spend time together in person. There were many conversations regarding our accomplishments and our well-being, but something that caused a dispute were their views on the vaccine. Those who supported taking the vaccine argued that it would reduce the risk of contracting and further spreading the virus. On the other hand, those who were opposed to doing so argued that it was still too early to be administered, as there isn’t much information known about its long-term effects. Both sides made good points, what stood out to me was that they wanted the same thing, for all of us to be and stay healthy.

While I agree that taking this vaccine comes with its risks, I also understand that the United States is in the midst of a crisis. In a country where over 100,000 Covid cases are being reported daily, we are put in a position where our options are limited. Not everyone is provided the luxury of being able to socially distance themselves from the world around them, as most professions require workers to come in contact with other people. People in older age groups have also shown to be more susceptible to the virus. While someone presented with these circumstances may feel more inclined to take the vaccine, that doesn’t necessarily reflect their viewpoints. I don’t believe that there is a right or wrong answer to whether someone should get vaccinated but that it is completely their choice to make.