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Embrace the Experiment

an image of a vaccine vialToday, while scrolling through Facebook, I came across a post from one of our local news channels, warning that local health authorities were re-instituting some COVID-19 restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Failing to learn from the past, I delved into the comments where the topic of vaccines arose.

One clever user, who was obviously more in the know than the rest of us, asked why anyone would subject themselves to an experimental treatment. For the sake of this blog post, I'm going to grant our Facebook Ph.D. their premise that those of us who elected to get the mRNA vaccine subjected ourselves to an experimental treatment.

Indeed, wise Facebook user, I did get the experimental treatment, and I'd do it again… and again, and again! Aside from not wanting to die, or even get ill, from COVID-19, I did not want to spread it or possibly cause someone pain or death. Instead, I wanted to be an active contributor to the demise of SARS-CoV-2, to the degree that's even possible.

The only thing that I can attribute directly to the vaccine is a brief period of fatigue and a low-grade fever. I will “suffer” that mild inconvenience once or twice a year if it means COVID-19 becomes a distant relic. It's the very least I can do to protect my community and ensure that future generations don't have to live through another COVID-19 pandemic, because it's not just my life that's on the line.

I am a deeply flawed and sometimes selfish person, and often feel like I've not made enough sacrifices for my fellow apes. If we discover one day that this “experiment” is fatal, I can lie on my deathbed, and look back to March 19th, 2021 when I tried to do the right thing for myself, and for humanity. I hope you decide to be a part of the experiment, too.

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