COVID-19 Vaccine

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Ryan Miller

Miller Family 2020
I chose to get the vaccine in December when it first became available to healthcare workers. I carefully reviewed the data from the trials and medical community and felt comfortable with my decision to get it. For me, possible short-term side effects like a headache or mild discomfort were worth the exchange for near immunity from what could be a deadly disease. I was particularly impressed with the 95% effectiveness the vaccine proved in trials, a success rate nearly unprecedented in typical vaccines. 

Fast forward eight months to July. A few days after attending a friend’s wedding, I woke up in the middle of the night with a very brief bout of the chills. I noticed that I felt a little off the next day so I went home early. It felt like I had a common cold or flu coming on -- some minor aches, fatigue, congestion, and a small cough. I worked the next two days from home as a precaution but didn’t think much of COVID since I was vaccinated. I began feeling better, but two days later I woke up without a sense of smell. I tested for COVID and came back positive. I quarantined at home until my ten-day quarantine period was up during which I felt a little more fatigued than normal and had some minor nasal congestion but that was it.  

I joke that I’m part of the top 5% of those vaccinated who still got COVID. Some recent data reports that the effectiveness of the vaccine against the widespread Delta variant may be reduced to 65-70%, so maybe I’m a little less special. Regardless, a 65-70% effectiveness is right in line with the flu vaccine that we consider worthwhile to get every year. I still like those odds.  

My COVID experience was a minor one and that appears to be holding true across the general vaccinated population as a whole. While mildly inconvenient, I did not need additional care or medication, I did not transmit it to anyone else in my household or network, and I never experienced any of the respiratory distress that is sending so many of our neighbors to the hospital.  

My wife is vaccinated as are my two oldest children who are old enough to get the vaccine. My third child turned 12 Wednesday, and he’ll be getting the vaccine this week. In a time where we are seeking heaven’s help to beat this pandemic, I consider the vaccine to be an answer to prayer and an opportunity to protect myself and those I love. So if you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, let’s get you answers. This vaccine is a life-saver.