Note: I did not really expect the reactions in the comments, but people are certainly entitled to them. I am a human first and foremost on this blog, and in life. I do not and never have provided medical advice on this blog. I am sorry it is disappointing to anyone that I have thoughts that are not always 100% in line with what they would like them to be. I chose to be honest in this post — as I always show up here — and shared my thoughts, and not any conclusions. Finally, I would like to point out that I DO plan on most likely getting the vaccine if offered, as I noted below. I think that those who have trepidations are more likely to be convinced to GET the vaccine after reading that I had to think about it a bit before doing it than if I just said nothing.
I did it, everyone! I came up with some 2021 goals. I still haven’t put it into my planner, but we are recording our annual Goals podcast for BOBW, so I had a deadline.
And I am pretty happy with them, but there may be tweaks before they end up in my planner for posterity!
Making time for relationships & rest
Continuing some of the habits I’ve been working on all year
Organizing/decluttering the house (my physical space is not a disaster, but it’s definitely not as tidy as my planner is!) (Not for 2021, but I think I’m going to become a trained Kon-Mari consultant some day. Retirement job?)
Nothing earthshattering, but I’m excited to do everything I wrote about. I truly hope 2021 will be a transitional year, where things go from decidedly abnormal to something-resembling-normal again. We will see.
In other news
Our hospital is getting a distribution of the Pfizer vaccine, possibly before the end of the year. We are being asked to think about whether we want to get it. I am the farthest thing from an anti-vaxxer (kids get everything recommended, including flu shots) but I admit I am a little nervous that we don’t have any postmarketing data and that it’s the first mRNA vaccine up for widespread use.
If I were in a high risk group or living with elderly or medically complex in some way, I’d take it in a heartbeat because then I think the risks would be clearly outweighed by benefits. Interestingly, our residents — most of whom are early 30s or younger — seem very excited to receive it (but perhaps that is because they have more front-line contact with COVID patients).
My guess is that upon carefully weighing risks and benefits (and considering the opinions of others that I respect) — I probably will choose to get it if offered. (If there is enough that I am offered — obviously it will go to people who interact with COVID-19 patients frequently first, then providers who are medically at-risk/older, then everyone else.)
(If I get it, Josh would likely get it as well as he’d be in the same or a higher risk tier than me.)
I’ll let you all know!