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To Be or Not To Be Vaccinated

That was the question in my mind . I was hesitant to get vaccinated.

In the first place, I’m not a “vaccine person” , I don’t get anti-pneumonia vaccine or anti-flu vaccine which many take annually or as often as new vaccines for new flu/pneumonia strains are released. The vaccines I had were given to me when I was an infant perhaps, and when I was in grade school.

In the second place , the Anti -Covid vaccines were hastily developed to catch up with the fast spread of Covid and not thoroughly tested yet. The side-effects are not fully known.

In the third place, the vaccine doesn’t guarantee that the vaccinee will not get infected with Covid and should still practice the health protocol of using face mask , face shield , frequent washing and social distancing. So it seems there’s no difference in the freedom to do our everyday tasks and little pleasures.

However, the pandemic is still ravaging the world. It’s evident that the precautions are not enough. Probably they are enough but many are seen not observing health protocols that require consistent use, probably people are experiencing protocol fatigue. And slowly like a creeping drama , the Covid statistics I read or see in the news started to have faces. Some people I know got infected with Covid like a former officemate who at least was asymptomatic, a nephew who was also asymptomatic, a former classmate who was hospitalized with her husband who also tested positive and the more tragic ones who passed away.

There has to be an additional measure to contain the pandemic. So, I read articles on different vaccines.

Eventually, I decided to get vaccinated for the following reasons.

There is a risk in a new vaccine but there is also that risk in getting infected with Covid and I think the Covid risk outweighs the vaccine risk. I don’t take anti-flu vaccines but there is no flu pandemic so the risk is less.

I asked my doctor his opinion on whether I should get vaccinated and which vaccine. He said I should, any vaccine.

Even if a vaccinee gets infected with Covid, it’s not going to be severe.

The vaccinee will help stop the spread of Covid and the virus can’t mutate until herd immunity is reached.

So, on June 11 I got my first dose of vaccine and on July 9 had my second dose.

Positive Realizations in the Days of COVID-19

In the latter part of 2019 a new strain of Corona Virus was found in Wuhan China. It spread around the world in  early 2020. It was initially called NCov (New Corona Virus) and was changed later to COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease -2019). There was no known cure and to this day, countries are all still researching and developing vaccine and cure. In the meantime governments prevented the spread through the imposition of lockdowns or quarantines to enforce social distancing and wearing of face masks and encouraged everyone to practice good hygiene.

COVID-19 turned the world upside down as businesses, schools, malls and other establishments were closed and we stayed in our homes to stay safe. We couldn’t do the things we used to take for granted.  As the days passed many of us realized that the restrictions brought about some positive things.

  • Peace and Quiet

I’ve come to realize this when one afternoon I heard the pealing of church bells from our parish church. It was six o’clock in the afternoon and the pealing signaled the Angelus. Prior to the quarantines, I could only hear the pealing at nine in the evening when the day’s activities have diminished.

It reminded me of my childhood in Calauag, a town in Quezon when life was simpler. People stopped from walking, paused from whatever they were doing to say a little prayer. We children knew that it was time to stop playing and go home.

There’s a melancholic beauty in empty or near-empty streets and public places. We’ve seen a lot of these in some pictures of empty tourist spots taken and posted by professional photographers.  My personal experience was when I took an early morning walk during the early days of Community Quarantine. There were few people walking and that enhanced my appreciation of things I passed and used to take for granted like pretty wild flowers on an empty lot and the calming beauty of some well-maintained front gardens of homes.

  • Clearer Sky

Early quarantine was during summer . During daytime , I could see a span of cloudless blue sky.

At dusk the setting sun caused a beautiful play of colors in the sky. Even the occasional summer rain gave the clouds different shades.

At night we could see the moon and stars. We even saw the rare pink moon.

  • Living Simply

We were confined to our homes and were forced to manage with what we could do with the confinement.

We managed not to go to supermarkets and if we did we went only when it was necessary and bought essential items only. We didn’t spend time malling.

We couldn’t meet with friends so that also meant no gasoline expenses, dining out or buying new dresses/outfits. We had a taste of minimalism.

I celebrated my birthday last June 6 at home with my family. Still, I felt the love of distant family and friends through online or phoned greetings and some gifts delivered. I took an early morning walk to our church and absorbed once again its serenity and beauty.

  • Free Time

It’s nice to wake up naturally according to our own body rhythm.

I was able to appreciate the beauty of nature in our garden at the time I like best, early in the morning when it’s cool and I can hear the birds chirping, playing in the branches of our balimbing and guava trees. I also like it in the afternoon when the sun is down but it is not dark yet.

  • Spirit of Cooperation

The spirit of cooperation is very much felt. People demonstrated willingness to help in their own small way. We’ve read and seen on TV stories of big businesses, charitable organizations  and individuals helping the less fortunate. I know of unpublished stories of friends cooking food and giving lunch boxes to the volunteers in their barangays. Others donated through their churches.  And a lot more gave a little money directly to the needy.