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Doctors Step Forward to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Dr. Anthony Fauci (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 31 December 2020 04:54 PM

Physicians are eagerly volunteering to get vaccinated and urge the public to follow their lead. For vaccinations to achieve the goal of ending the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors say we need to have extensive compliance.

"Vaccinations won't stop the pandemic unless there is widespread adoption," said Dr. Benson Hsu, a pediatric critical care physician from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who claims vaccines might be the "beginning of the end" to the pandemic, according to Forbes.

Dr. SreyRam Kuy, of Baylor College of Medicine said caring for COVID-19 patients had left her and her colleagues, some of whom died from the disease, "exhausted." When she received her vaccine she felt "gratitude and joy."

While consumers are concerned about the safety of the vaccine, Dr. Brad Younggren, an emergency physician from Seattle, Washington, said we know from decades of vaccine development the most serious side effects occur within 6-8 weeks after they are administered. He said the clinical trials of the currently approved vaccines would have been halted if this happened, according to Forbes.

Other experts told Forbes the devastating and potentially deadly effects of COVID-19 are far worse than the nominal side effects of the vaccine. According to Vaccines.gov, the most common side effects from vaccines are usually mild and can include pain, mild fever, chills, fatigue, headaches, and muscles aches, as well as discomfort and redness around the injection site.

These symptoms indicate the body is building an immunity to the disease. The organization says serious side effects are exceedingly rare and might happen to 1 or 2 people per 1 million doses of the drug.

"Getting vaccinated is much safer than getting the diseases they prevent," Vaccines.gov notes.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, received the Moderna vaccine on camera, according to MarketWatch, to show his support and confidence in the vaccines.

"More important is, as a symbol to the rest of the country, that I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine," Fauci said as he was being vaccinated on the Tuesday morning before Christmas. "And I want to encourage everyone who has the opportunity to get vaccinated, so that we can have a veil of protection over this country that would end this pandemic."

Hsu said, what we do not know is how children will react to the vaccine as a limited number were included in clinical trials. And we do not have long-term data on how long immunity will last. But we do know both the Pfizer and Moderna drugs are around 95% effective against COVID-19.

Kuy said, as a frontline physician, she has seen how important it is to mitigate risks for vulnerable patients such as those with diabetes, the elderly, and patients with cancer.

"Vaccination is a key part of protecting these populations," she said, according to Forbes. And Younggren, who is also the chief medical officer for 98point6, says, although two vaccines are currently available, it is unlikely consumers will have a choice.

"My advice is this: Take whichever vaccine becomes available at the time that you are deemed eligible for it," he said, adding the vaccines are "remarkably similar."

Younggren told Forbes, "I can't really see a downside to taking either one."

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