Graphic illustration of eight boxes with one box in the center that has the campaign message. It reads This is Our Shot. All letters are white except our, which is bright green over a dark blue background. Remaining illustrations include a young Latino woman in a mask holding up her arm with a bandaid on it in front of a light green background, woman with a visual disability with a mask on and bandaid on her arm in front of a teal background, young man with a mask and bandaid on his arm and a prosthetic arm holding a thumbs up in front of a light blue background, two bandaids in an x shape on a dark blue background, blue face mask on a yellow background, young Black man with a mask on and bandaid on his arm with crutches on a teal background, white woman with a mask on and pointing to a bandaid on her arm in a wheelchair on a light blue background, and an older Black man with a mask on and a bandaid on his arm holding up his arm on a light green background.

Vaccine hesitancy is an important issue when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people want to be vaccinated, but they’ve heard so many myths and dealt with so much uncertainty around the shots. 

Vanessa Ewing started out dealing with her own hesitancy, and she wasn’t originally planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Ewing reacted badly to a previous shot she’d received, and it made her very nervous about receiving others in the future. 

She continued activities she loved, like attending church, but was always careful to wear a mask and follow COVID protocols. Soon, however, Vanessa was fighting her own battle with COVID-19. She and her partner both contracted the virus, which prompted Ewing to take the vaccine after her illness ran its course. 

“That was when I decided to get the shot,” Ewing said. “I knew what it was like to have COVID, and I wanted to protect my daughter and the rest of my family from having to deal with the same things I did.” 

Vanessa is an African American woman with a short brown bob with bangs, she has brown eyes and is smiling. Vanessa is wearing a floral top with a gold necklace and hoop earrings standing in front of a checked background.

Vanessa has also shared her story with friends and coworkers, hoping to encourage them to leave behind their hesitancy and get a vaccine. She points out some of the consequences we don’t often think about. 

“The isolation is the worst part,” she explains. “We don’t talk much about the mental health side of COVID, but you’re completely cut off from your family and your community. That’s a big part of why I chose to get vaccinated.” 

If you’re considering a COVID-19 vaccine but have questions or concerns, reach out to your doctor or someone you trust. They can answer any questions you might have and help you find the shot that’s right for you. Able SC and Disability Rights SC staff are also happy to answer any questions related to vaccine accessibility. Please call us at 800-787-6046 for any help you need. Remember, #ThisIsOurShot! 

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