The reasons for choosing the COVID-19 vaccine may include personal reasons, including specific health conditions that may give you pause. Honestly, when I hear from some that say it’s solely a personal choice, I cringe. There is no individual health without public health.

We know, thanks to science (and frankly common sense) the ways of preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Thanks to previous, terrible leadership and misinformation, we are in a collision with the notion that individual rights are somehow in opposition by adhering to the known ways of preventing the spread of the virus. But because the virus has proliferated, we can’t stop the spread of the virus alone masking and physical distancing. A vaccine is now absolutely necessary to slow the spread of the virus. But, a full-stop of the spread is really what we should be aiming for.

I believe in my medicine. The science behind Chinese medicine has successfully treated plagues and pestilence over thousands of years. But we live in a culture that is steeped in Western Medicine (WM). It’s challenging enough to get people to adopt Chinese medicine for things that it’s widely known to help, such as back pain. One of the things that WM does very well is urgent care. And, we are in a beyond urgent situation of getting this virus in its proper place as we did with smallpox and the measles.

My reasons for getting the vaccine are many and didn’t come with 100% comfort. I don’t even get a yearly flu shot. Based on research, which is still forthcoming, is that the likelihood of getting infected drops significantly with the available vaccines. Yes, no guarantee, but it’s the best we have at the moment, and at this moment, I have promises I want to keep to my clients, my friends, family and to my Mom in particular, who’ll soon be 91.

I’m advocating we stop imagining a world where we “just live with it”.

That world includes what we have now, a brilliantly-designed virus figuring out how to survive 24/7 and continuing to wreak havoc worldwide.

Here’s some additional considerations on why I said yes to the vaccine. And, depending on your health history, weigh the information you gather with your primary care doctor.

  • Leadership. I aim to reduce fear, save lives, protect my immediate community and anyone I come into contact with.
  • Be an example of integrative care. I believe in science (I believe in questioning science, too).
  • I want this disease to stop ravaging our lives. Seeing our healthcare people at their breaking point for months on end is heart-breaking. And, aren’t many of us near a breaking point, too?
  • From what I understand, mRNA is information that is used to prime your own immune system. It does not in any way “reprogram” your own DNA. It shows your immune system how to recognize the virus so your immune system gets to work.

I advocate for community health and well-being because we can’t beat this without all of us.