Editorial: Covid-19 vaccine is safe, benefits everyone

Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 2nd Class Terrell Senette prepares the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to the crew of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), Feb. 13. Monterey is currently pier side at Naval Station Norfolk conducting routine maintenance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chelsea Palmer) Public Domain photo from Wikimedia Commons

As COVID-19 vaccinations become a growing possibility for high school students, it is extremely important that all who are eligible for vaccination do sign up to receive one.

A slew of misinformation across social media often contributes to the hesitancy among the global population to receive coronavirus vaccinations, even if they are completely safe. 

This is a particularly relevant issue with younger people across America. 

“This is causing real damage to public health,” Dr. Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said. 

“Most people who use Instagram are younger — people who may not have children yet, but could be ready to have children. Their opinions about vaccines are still being formed,” according to Harvard University.

While false information is prevalent across the internet, the reality is that COVID-19 vaccinations are very safe. There are very few common side effects, all of which go away after a few days. Common side effects include chills, tiredness, or headache, but all of these side effects can be lessened with proper hydration. 

In comparison, the benefits of receiving a coronavirus vaccination are huge. The Mayo Clinic said, “A COVID-19 vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19, prevent you from spreading the Covid-19 virus to others, and contribute to herd immunity.”

 The vaccine not only protects the patient but also that patient’s loved ones, classmates or anyone else they come into contact with.

The Webster Groves Echo urges anyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine to do so in the proper vaccination phase, and we fully support all vaccination efforts.


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