A man recently brought his elderly mother to my hospital – she was very ill with sepsis, a life-threatening reaction to an infection. It took significant effort to save her life, involving ventilators, large IVs in the neck and extended rounds of powerful antibiotics. Her son told us she had been suffering with a bad urinary tract infection for a week before coming. It was easily treatable at that point, but because he waited, it spread to the blood. He said he was afraid to bring her into the hospital earlier, because he feared we would force the COVID-19 vaccination on her.
Despite hundreds of millions of vaccinations against COVID-19 given out in the United States, the fear against the shots continues. It is unnecessary. This poor lady suffered unnecessarily – not only because the hospital cannot force a vaccination against someone’s wishes, but because science and medicine, time and again, have shown these vaccinations to be overwhelmingly safe, with the benefits far outweighing the risks.
Whole families opting out of vaccine
At a time when many high-risk individuals are getting a booster, a third of Americans 12 and older still are not fully vaccinated. It is not uncommon for me to make my rounds on patients sick with COVID-19, suffering from dangerously low oxygen levels, only to find out that their husband or wife is having the same illness in the room next door. Whole families are deciding not to get vaccinated because they are, they say, afraid of side effects; still waiting for research; or do not trust Dr. Anthony Fauci or the government.
To those who still have reservations against vaccination – listen, you are running out of excuses. As the delta variant continues, we need everyone to buy in and protect themselves and others.
Corona controversy:Fake COVID-19 vaccine cards aren’t just dangerous, they’re illegal
We recently reached yet another grim milestone last month when the number of deaths in the United States from COVID-19 surpassed the number of deaths from the 1918 flu pandemic. This is remarkable because a century ago, we did not have the vaccines, medicines or robust public health campaigns that we have today. I doubt we had the paranoia and abundance of misinformation back then, either.
There are more than 711,000 deaths from the virus in the USA, and apparently only three confirmed vaccine-related deaths despite over 400 million doses administered.