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.
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!