2021 January 02

Saturday, January 02, 2021

A promise of sunshine in the early morning skyline.
The promise arose it to a cloudless sky
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Will You Be Vaccinated?

Ella has said that, if offered the Covid vaccination for free, she will take it. Beyond that, she would have been willing to be a test subject. She never even considered not taking it. She believes that the  side effects, if any, will be minor.

I am hesitant about being vaccinate against the Covid 19 virus. I am concerned about the efficacy and effects, both short term and long term. This is coupled with a general lack of trust in government and pharma companies to be mindful my best interest.

That got me to wondering how many others might have similar thoughts. I found this information by The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor which is an ongoing research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations

“About a quarter (27%) of the public remains vaccine hesitant, saying they probably or definitely would not get a COVID-19 vaccine even if it were available for free and deemed safe by scientists.

Vaccine hesitancy is highest among Republicans (42%), those ages 30-49 (36%), and rural residents (35%). Importantly, 35% of Black adults (a group that has borne adisproportionate burdenof the pandemic) say they definitely or probably would not get vaccinated, as do one third of those who say they have been deemed essential workers (33%) and three in ten (29%) of those who work in a health care delivery setting.”

The pharmaceutical companies that have been green-lighted claim that no shortcuts have been taken in the development and testing of their vaccines. The only short cuts were in the production of the medications. Because of the preorders by the government, production began before the clinical trials had been completed. Do you believe that, after manufacture, a pharmaceutical company will just dump millions, maybe billions of dollars down the drain?

This afternoon I asked two of my nieces, both with medical training and both in their sixties, if they would take the shot. One will. One won’t. They both argued their cases and stand firm on their decisions.

With or without the shot, we will still be wearing masks, not gathering in groups, not hugging, and still maintaining social distancing. Maybe I will take a wait-and-see approach before allowing myself to be injected with a vaccine that, in my opinion, hasn’t be thoroughly tested. But don’t let me dissuade you. The more people who “follow the herd”, the bigger the test sample becomes. Thank you.

Again this morning, my bride and I played Fast Track (I came in second while Ella camr in next to last 😀) while answering questions from the “Our Moments” box of questions. Questions like, “What are you most thankful for?” We each gave or answers and why. I’m curious, what are YOU most thankful for?

We went to Dollar General, a.k.a. the Liberty Hill Mall, for items like shampoo, body wash, and dish soap. These items are to be donated to Operation Liberty Hill. Tomorrow some puff it’s volunteers will gather (safely distanced) at the church to accept donations of food and personal items. We will also accept pop tops for Ronald McDonald House Foundation. Also printer ink cartridges and aluminum beans for recycling. If you are in the vicinity of Liberty Hill Texas. Come on by between 2 and 4. The address is 100 Church Street

After shopping at Dollar General, we took a meandering drive. Outs good for the truck and us to get it and away for a while. I was very surprised to find that I’d driven only 58 miles. I thought it was closer to twice that far.

I got to talking to my nieces and let the afternoon skip away. I missed the sunset but got the afterglow in the sky.
  • All content (except quotations) ©2021 Thomas E. Williams

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