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Why you should get a COVID-19 vaccine

At a town hall meeting in Hudson at the end of March, Wisconsin Congressman Tom Tiffany proclaimed that, despite CDC recommendations, he’d advised his young adult daughters not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. It’s unclear whether he has been vaccinated himself. Tiffany’s stand sounds all too common, especially among Republicans. PBS reported that 41 percent of Republicans do not plan to get vaccinated.

            Much of the reasoning behind anti-vaccine attitudes is rooted in sketchy or downright false information. For example, Tiffany asserted several claims that Wisconsin Public Radio deemed false. Among those assertions: young people are for the most part not susceptible to the COVID-19 virus; no one under 19 has died from the virus in Wisconsin; and COVID-19 is not “that much of a threat.” WPR pointed out that scientific data shows young people can be infected and spread the virus, two Wisconsinites under 19 died from it, and state and federal health agencies all urgently advise adults to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

Do it for yourself

            One excellent reason to get vaccinated is that studies found both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines 90 percent effective in real-world settings and 95 percent in clinical trials, according to the CDC as reported by Axios’s Maris Fernandez. That means those vaccinated are 90 percent less likely to get COVID-19. Even getting just one dose is 80 percent effective against contracting the disease. The CDC also says that vaccines protect against severe illness and hospitalization should an infection occur.

Do it for others

            Getting vaccinated also protects those around you from contracting the disease, the CDC says. It reports on its “Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine” page that vaccines protect those at elevated risk of severe illness. This includes those over 65 and those with underlying health conditions. Vaccinations will help the US to reach herd immunity. The more people who get vaccinated this spring, the quicker the US can return to some semblance of normality.

Truth counters common vaccine myths

            Sanford Health, headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, published a checklist of answers to the most common vaccine myths.

  1. Myth - The vaccines were rushed and therefore are not safe.

Truth – There were no safety shortcuts in developing the vaccines. Large studies show them to be safe.

  1. Myth – The vaccines change your DNA.

Truth – No vaccine can change DNA.

  1. Myth – You can contract COVID-19 from a vaccine.

Truth – Vaccines do not contain live virus strains. You therefore cannot contract the disease via the vaccination.

  1. Myth – The vaccines contain egg protein.

Truth – They do not contain egg proteins and are safe for those with egg allergies.

  1. Myth – They cause severe side effects.

Truth – For most people, side effects are mild and resolve in a day or two.

  1. Myth – The vaccines make women infertile.

Truth – There is zero evidence that this is the case.

            Some people hesitant to get vaccinated cite those in the UK who experienced blood clots after the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. According to CNN, in the UK 15.8 million people received at least one dose of this vaccine. Only 30 people reported clotting issues, less than 0.0002 percent of those receiving the vaccine. Investigators have not determined if these cases were related to the vaccine. The concern doesn’t apply to Wisconsinites, as officials have not approved this vaccine for use in the US.

            In Wisconsin, anyone over age 16 can now get a vaccine. The state has worked hard to increase the number of vaccine sites. And the vaccines are free.

 

Visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm to find out where to get your vaccine and help make the state safe for everyone.

Georgia Beaverson

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