“Sometimes you gotta say ‘What the f***,’ make your move.” – Miles, Risky Business
Kim and I have been going round and round on whether to get vaccinated or not for months. There are tradeoffs to be sure, but it really comes down to personal choice. This is my equation:
I’m not happy about the way these experimental vaccines are being shoved down our throats. I’m dead-set against the notion of passports. And I don’t feel particularly at risk of dying from Covid.
On the flip-side, I would very much like to avoid a couple of weeks of the sort of hell I experienced from a viral infection 6 years ago. Also getting stuck will make it easier to travel and get together with some of my more risk averse friends and associates again.
What about doing it for the greater good? Give me a break. After all the powers that be have done to us over the past year and change — all the lockdowns, the mandates, the waffling back and forth — they’re in no position to guilt us into anything.
That said, as long as the vaccine risks are nominal — an assumption I’m not entirely sure is true — I’ve decided to pull the trigger on the Johnson & Johnson one-and-done.
Why that one and not Pfizer or Moderna? Good question. Every time I think I have a handle on which is less risky I hear an opposing argument. At this point I think it just comes down to the single shot.
Still, some of my friends are not making this easy:
Steve: J&J vaccine is back. Getting stuck tomorrow.
Bob: Are you sure you want to do that?
Steve: That didn’t sound ominous at all.
Well, this wouldn’t be the first time I’ve gone with the “sometimes you gotta say WTF” move and I’m sure hoping it isn’t the last.
So tomorrow’s the day — by the time you read this it’ll probably be over. Wish me luck.
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