I appreciated last week’s cover which clearly suggested that we use our personal discretion as to whether or not to take the COVID vaccine.
Safety and efficacy concerns regarding a COVID-19 vaccine is running high among African Americans. It’s no wonder that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert (who is highly respected) , wants Black people to know that a Black woman, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, was heavily involved in developing one of the vaccines (the one expected to soon be released by Moderna).
Then in New York State the first person to receive the Pfeizer vaccine was a Black women, Sandra Lindsay, RN, a critical care nurse in Long Island being administered by a Black medical professional. That ionic photo is everywhere.
I’m not mad at the brilliant Dr. Corbett. In fact I first read about her in The Challenger back in April! And I respect the nurse who took that historic first shot as well as the doctor who administered it.
Overall I’m glad to see some kind of movement in the wake of so many lives lost, especially in our community.
But personally I just feel there are still too many unanswered questions and I’m uncomfortable with the “speed” in which the vaccines are being developed.
Even the esteemed Dr. Corbett who is working to save lives and wants to see us all protected, told CNN last week: “I would say to people who are vaccine-hesitant that you’ve earned the right to ask the questions that you have around these vaccines and this vaccine development process.”
And a CNN special last week revealed that the vote among 14 CDC vaccine advisors was not unanimous. One lone doctor said “no,” in the vote to recommend the vaccine for long term care residents; expressing worry whether or not vaccine would even work in frail and elderly patients.
Will I take the vaccine? Time and proof of its safety and efficiency will tell.
Meanwhile I’ll stay “masked up,” keep my social distance, used common sense, and stay “prayed up” for my family and my community.