Take What You Get New Jersey: No Choice With The COVID Vaccine
I haven’t been vaccinated yet but I know which one of the three that I want. I’m a woman, I shop. I’ve done my homework and I know in my mind which one I think is best for me and my family but experts are telling us to go against everything Consumer Affairs has ever taught us and take the first vaccine we can get our hands on…they want us to settle and smile about it. NEXT!
I mean is one vaccine actually better than another? I don’t know, I’m not a scientist but ninety something was an A in school and seventy something was a C. One got you a ten dollar bill from grandpa and the one sent you to kick rocks. If there's that much of a difference in effectiveness, how are they all “just as good”?
When my daughter was little her grade school teacher (mind you this was when we lived in the south) used to say, "you git what you git and you don't pitch a fit!" That's kind of what New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said to us during the governor's press conference this week. They strongly urged individuals to take the first vaccine that becomes available to them and that's final. They also sternly said that if you choose to cancel because you want another vaccine, then you go back to the bottom of the list. Apparently there's a disturbing new trend of people securing a coveted vaccine appointments and then calling to cancel saying that they want to wait for a specific vaccine.
Some people want the J&J shot because it’s only one dose instead of two and it is said to have less side effects. Some people have reported body aches, fevers, extreme fatigue and more after getting the second Moderna/Pfizer shots. Then some other people want the one with a higher efficacy rate and they are happy to endure any side effects that may or may not come for the higher protection. The first round of the J&J shot was delivered to New Jersey last week. However, additional new shipments of the Johnson & Johnson shot will not be coming to New Jersey for three more weeks.
Experts say all three vaccines are effective at protecting against severe hospitalization and death from COVID. So maybe it’s OK just to see what fate hands us? What do you think? Email me www.Shannon@943thepoint.com
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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.