To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is the question…

For the last year, COVID-19 has taken over the world; it’s the topic of conversations, it’s on the news, it’s on television adverts and unfortunately it feels as though you cannot escape it. But the arrival of the vaccine has taken over. 

The vaccine presents the opportunity to begin our lives again, it gives us the hope of returning to what life was like before Coronavirus, but with it comes questions: What does it contain? How has it been produced and administered so quickly? How does it affect the body? Is taking it is necessary? 

Taking the vaccine is a personal choice and sometimes it can take time for an individual to come to a decision. 

Take a look below at the testimonies of people who chose to take the vaccine and what their experiences were like:

Don’t forget to check out the NTCG West Croydon webinar video below titled “Facts, Fears Faith & the Future”, discussing the questions surrounding the vaccine.

Person A:

Q: What is your age?

D: 22

Q: What is your occupation?

D: Nurse 

Q: Do you have any underlying health conditions?

D: Asthma but hasn’t been confirmed due to covid restrictions

Q: What was your experience like taking the vaccine? Was it what you expected?

D: I was very worried due to hearing people reacting badly to it. But I’m FOR vaccines and I’ve had the flu jab for the last 2 years and I’ve been fine. After taking the vaccine I expect to feel weak or have flu-like symptoms. I felt fine and went to work the following day. 

Q: Did you hesitate to take the vaccine/ or were you apprehensive about taking the vaccine because you are a Christian?

D: No, not because of my religious beliefs, but because it’s a new drug and hasn’t been tested on different conditions e.g., pregnant woman. How would I know it wouldn’t affect my fertility going forward? That was my main worry. But all vaccines could affect you in different ways not just this vaccine so if I’m going to be closed minded about the covid vaccine I need to be closed minded about all vaccines and vice versa. 

Q: What advice would you give others, regarding the vaccine who are hesitate about taking it?

D: If you work with the public or in a health care setting, you’re more prone to get the virus, so you need to think about taking it and not think about the ‘what ifs’. If you’ve taken the flu vaccine and reacted badly to it, I don’t think you should take the vaccine as of yet. If you’re fit and healthy and have no pre-existing conditions, I think you should take it. The virus is confirmed airborne, and you need to protect yourself and your family as much as possible. Having the vaccine doesn’t mean you CAN’T get covid but lowers your risk of contracting it.

Person B:

Q: What is your age? 

N: 36 

Q: What is your occupation?

N: NHS Speech & Language Therapist working with children and adults with complex health needs including swallowing difficulties. 

Q: Do you have any underlying health conditions? 

N: I am Asthmatic 

Q: What was your experience like taking the vaccine?

N: I had the Oxford vaccine and did have some side effects including chills, nausea and body aches. For me this lasted just over 24 hours and started about 12 hours after the vaccine. It felt like I was getting the flu but was eased with ibuprofen. 

Q: Was it what you expected?

N: I had read up about this particular vaccine and had heard that some people had side effects so wasn’t surprised when I had similar ones. 

Q: Did you hesitate to take the vaccine/ or were you apprehensive about taking the vaccine because you are a Christian? 

N: I was very hesitant about taking the vaccine and took it almost 2 months after my colleagues however this was not due to my Faith. I had concerns regarding the speed of the production, side effects and effects on fertility in the future. I did research, spoke to friends and family and asked doctors to help alleviate the hesitancy but should admit I was still hesitant on the day I took it. 

Q: What advice would you give others, regarding the vaccine who are hesitate about taking it?

N: I would say do your own research from reputable sources. Speak to doctors or other healthcare professionals. Don’t click on every link or video you are forwarded without checking the source of this information

Person C:

Q: What is your age?

R: 72

Q: What is your occupation?

R: Retired. I was previously a checkout manager for Sainsburys

Q: Do you have any underlying health conditions?

R: I have heart issues. I’ve previously had a heart attack and a stroke, so I take medications for those.

Q: What was your experience like taking the vaccine? Was it what you expected?

R: The vaccine was good; I had no problems, and it was straight forward. I had gotten 2 phone calls from my GP; the first time I said I wasn’t ready but then I got a letter from the hospital to book an appointment. I hesitated for a while, but I prayed on it and waited from God for an answer. Until I got an answer from God I was and debatable and concerned because I didn’t know what to do. I got the answer and so that is when I phoned up and got an appointment. The experience was very gentle; they told me what vaccine it was (I got the Oxford vaccine), explained what was going to happen and informed me of all the side effects. Out of all the side effects, I only had a sore arm the next day, but the day after it went and so after that I’ve been fine. 

Q: Did you hesitate taking the vaccine/ or were you apprehensive about taking the vaccine because you are a Christian?

R: Yes, but I prayed and God had given me the answer. I just think that every believer should really go to God and ask God what they should do and they will get answers from him. If in doubt talk to the father, but yes, I had mixed feelings. 

Q: What advice would you give others, regarding the vaccine who are hesitate about taking it?

R: I do think they should take it, there was no problems for me and I am now waiting for my second one. 

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