It is no secret that many Australians are still hesitant to get their doses of vaccines even when the situation and time demand us all to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
This hesitancy started with the heated debate about which vaccine is the safest and the most efficient against the COVID-19 virus. Australian health experts claimed that the AstraZeneca vaccine can induce blood clots and is ineffective when compared to the Pfizer vaccine. This claim reached the ears of the public fast, causing fear to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. For a while, the front-page news was covered with post-vaccination mortality reports. This, of course, amplified the citizens’ hesitance and fear, causing the country to be left with a massively unvaccinated people.
The heated debate that started it all proved to be pointless and such a waste of time, for the Delta strain arrived anyway without any warning and caused the worst outbreak in Australia since the pandemic began. There is one fact about the Delta strain that rings true for Australia: “The greatest risk of transmission (of the Delta strain) is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to get infected, and therefore transmit the virus.” (CDC). Now, Australia focuses on getting as many eligible citizens vaccinated as fast as possible.
Perhaps most Australians are so focused on the potential side effects of vaccines that they missed on the good that comes out of being vaccinated. Trust us, it is in your best interest to get protection against the COVID-19 virus, regardless of whichever COVID-19 vaccine you receive.
Did you know?
• While COVID-19 vaccines were developed rapidly, all steps have been taken to ensure their safety and effectiveness. (CDC)
• COVID-19 vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades. (CDC)
• COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials. Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that all vaccines are safe and effective. (CDC)
Who benefits from the COVID-19 vaccines?
When you are fully vaccinated, you are actually not only protecting yourself from this virus, but you are also protecting:
• Your loved ones
• People who cannot be vaccinated, due to medical conditions
• Children under the age of 12
• The community in general
Therefore, when you get your doses of vaccine, you contribute greatly to the safety of the people around you. Does not that sound wonderful?
The Benefits of Being Vaccinated that You Might Have Missed
Obviously, getting your doses of vaccine will keep you from getting and spreading COVID-19, including the Delta strain. It will also provide protection that will prevent serious illness, hospitalisation, and death if you do get infected in the future. However, there are also extra benefits from being vaccinated, including:
• Being able to resume many activities that you did before the latest outbreak or even before the pandemic. (CDC)
• Being able to attend events and travel in the future. (Australian Government’s Department of Health)
• Reducing the need for lockdowns in the future when enough Australians are vaccinated. (Australian Government’s Department of Health)
Now that you are aware that the benefits of being vaccinated actually outweigh the potential side effects, there is no need to be afraid or hesitant about it anymore. So, contact your local clinics and book an appointment to get your dose of vaccine right now!
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