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I'm all in on vaccines. Here's why.

The Village Explainer
I'm all in on vaccines. Here's why.
By Dan McGarry • Issue #46 • View online
The Village Explainer is a semi-regular newsletter containing analysis and insight focusing on under-reported aspects of Pacific societies, politics and economics.

I'm getting mine, because I care
I'm getting mine, because I care
Now that the first batch of vaccines has arrived in Vanuatu, it’s time for us to step up and do the right thing. I’m eligible to get vaccinated, and I intend to get my shot as soon as I’m permitted.
Why? Because vaccines are medicine, and medicine saves lives.
If you have a headache, what do you do? You take a Panadol. That’s medicine.
If your child gets an infection, what do you do? You use a cream or a powder to kill the infection. That’s medicine. If that doesn’t work, you give them antibiotics.
How do antibiotics work? They boost your body’s ability to fight the bacteria that cause the infection.
How does a vaccine work? It boosts your body’s ability to fight the virus that causes the illness.
I don’t worry about taking Panadol or using antibiotics when the doctor tells me to. Billions of people have done it before. My doctor knows when it’s safe.
I won’t hesitate to get injected, either. Over 1.5 BILLION shots have been administered. If there were problems with them, we’d know.
Covid World Vaccination Tracker - The New York Times
About one in every 250,000 people developed blood clotting after they got an Astra Zeneca shot. About 16% of those people died. That means there is a very remote chance that 1 person in Vanuatu might possibly get sick, and an even remoter chance (1 in several million) that 1 might die.
There is a 100% certainty that when—not if—COVID-19 reaches our communities, people will die if we don’t protect them.
You know what else causes blood clots? COVID-19. It’s one of the major reasons people die.
While we’re thinking about risk and danger, here are a few things that are more risky than a COVID vaccine.
(TL;DR: You’re more likely to die on your way to the clinic than you are from your shot.)
God will save you from the virus. But only if you let Him.
God has been working on a cure for some time, through the countless scientists and doctors who have laboured day and night to develop these vaccines. They have devoted their lives to helping others, and now they want to save your life, and the lives of the people you love.
You only have to let them.
Vaccination is my choice. But it’s not just my choice.
When I get vaccinated, I’ll be protecting myself from the virus.
But it’s not just me. I’ll be protecting my family and friends, too. I’ll be doing my part for society. I refuse to be the one who infects and possibly even kills my friends and neighbours.
I drive safely because I care. I get vaccinated because I care.
If you care, you will too.
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Dan McGarry

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Dan McGarry - Port Vila, Vanuatu