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Opinion: Should you get the Covid-19 vaccine?

By Francesca White

There has been a lot of controversy about the COVID-19 vaccine and whether people should get it or not. While there are many concerns about it, people should get the vaccine because of all the benefits that come with it.

Getting the vaccine is crucial to reopening our world. It will allow people to do the things they wanted to do again.

According to the CDC, the vaccine is safe and effective and it cannot make you sick. None of the vaccines contain the live COVID-19 virus. Once people get fully vaccinated, they are free to do more than they have been before, with minimal restrictions. They can hold gatherings indoors without masks as long as everyone else is fully vaccinated.

Despite this, people should still be taking precautions when they get vaccinated, according to the CDC. “People are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. You should keep using all the tools available to protect yourself and others until you are fully vaccinated.”

Even though the vaccine is beneficial to people, the side effects of it have been a little hard to deal with for some people. The side effects include pain, redness, and swelling on the arm you got the shot in. Throughout the rest of the body, people sometimes feel fatigued, chills, nausea, and more.

A lot of people believe that since they are young and healthy, they don’t need the vaccine. They also believe that if they already had COVID, they are immune to it. This is not right. Even if one is young and healthy, that puts people with weaker immune systems at risk of getting the virus from them. According to health experts, the immunity people will get from the vaccine will be 6 months or longer and more effective than the immunity from getting COVID.

There has been a lot of misinformation about the vaccine. People need to trust reliable sources like health experts or the CDC.

Recently, French and German influencers have been offered money to say that the COVID vaccine has been responsible for hundreds of deaths by an alleged UK-based PR agency with supposed Russian connections.

According to an article in The Guardian, they were told to act like they were really agreeing with it. “The brief also included requests to ‘act like you have the passion and interest in this topic’, and to avoid using the words ‘advertising’ or ‘sponsored’ in posts or videos because ‘the material should be presented as your own independent view.’”

Getting the vaccine will boost your chances of doing more things. It will also promote a healthier environment and keep people who are more prone to getting it safer.

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