Concentrating On COVID: The First Dose, Judgement Free

As I shared on the majority of my social media channels the other day, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. While many who are in desiring to be back to normal life long for a vaccine, they are often the ones to judge, “why do they get to get a vaccine compared to me?” The truth is, we all want to be on the race to herd immunity and yes like many things of life that may seem unfair, we don’t know the true story of why one is getting vaccinated.

To say that if you fall in one of the category groups to go now and if you want it is an understatement. I, falling in many categories under the top phase was one thing, but that pool in my state is continually expanded to include more and more essential groups. When this is done, one mustn’t be frustrated, instead they must be thankful that they are included because a governing body felt that they are essential to everyday living in a world that has been uprooted so much in the past year.

Yes, in the US, we don’t know a lot about the long term effects of the vaccine yet, however there is a tool utilized by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) called V-Safe that sends you daily texts to “check in” with you and see what symptoms you are experiencing in order to not only educate those who guide our nation but the world as well. It is a learning curve every day that we are learning, but as we are in the race to vaccinate our world against the virus, we are bettering our chances toward herd immunity.

Vaccinating is a choice that one has to make, first and foremost, and must be respected by other individuals. I personally made the choice because I want to be one of the herd immunities. I understand that I still will have to wear a mask and follow all safeguards. Having the vaccine just gives an extra layer of protection that is needed to visit areas where I could be less susceptible of contracting the COIVID-19 virus.

Thankfully the county in which I reside has a COVID-19 Vaccination Taskforce that is also fighting the way to herd immunity by having a registration tool online along with opening a former anchor tenant in the local mall as a vaccination clinic for its citizens. Other clinics have ben held by other entities with the central registry although one is free to go where they wish. This is where one is on multiple lists and oftentimes slots cannot be filled, therefore having the vaccination opportunity more prevalent than you can imagine.

Last week, I found out that I would have the opportunity to get vaccinated. I was a little apprehensive because it was in a unknown pharmacy. However, I arrived early, thankfully and filled out the paperwork needed to conduct the vaccination. Once that was completed the pharmacist came out to the waiting area of the store and administered the vaccine. They made me feel at ease and assured me that everything would be no issues.

Sometime we as autistics have to face our fears and step out of our comfort zone in order to live a normal life. If anything, COVID has taught me of the need to have resiliency and step out of that comfort zone for something in the end will have a greater benefit for me. Regardless, we are all in this together and am doing my part to better the world around me so I can get back to somewhat of a new normal,

Remember friends, we are all in this together and we have to get along out there!

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