I almost deleted yesterday’s post because I am tired of feeling punctured by (some of) the comments, but I am afraid if I do so then it will be misconstrued further as some sort of anti-vaccine treatise.
Which it was never meant to be.
I’m sure my thoughts were influenced by the meeting I attended at work earlier this week which did contain an air of caution. After yesterday’s post, I approached the speaker (who is a researcher that I trust) and they stood by the fact that there are some unknowns.
They also said they felt that “getting the vaccine is probably the right thing to do. (Speaks to your readers concern).”
And I WILL admit that I had not considered those community aspects as much, possibly because they had not been emphasized in the meeting. So perhaps that makes me a horrible person in some people’s eyes. I am not sure what to do with that, but guess I have to accept that by choosing to write publicly and share more than most, I cannot please everyone all the time. And maybe that’s okay.
I appreciate those who sent in resources, and I plan on reading/listening to them (this morning’s listening will be this one: Deep Background (with guest Dr. Paul Offit). I believe this way I will be able to approach the decision with full confidence if it comes up in the coming days to weeks (which is where I was leaning anyway — as I thought I expressed). (IF is definitely a key word here – clearly I am much farther from the front lines and lower risk than many, so depending on supply I may not be offered and that is completely appropriate.)
Well. I’ve been up since 3:40 (combination of feelings related to all of this and continued kid-related sleep issues). I am filled with dread about my level of functioning today. Happy Friday.