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I’m more afraid of the COVID vaccine than COVID…

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Sonia Valdez, DNP, APRN on why the COVID vaccine is not anything to be afraid of.

I understand you’re afraid. I was a little bit afraid as well, but I’m more afraid of the consequences of not getting the COVID vaccine. I see it every day in the hospital. There’s a lot of people that were dying when we were at the peak of the pandemic and a lot of people that had a lot of difficult times being able to breathe or family members that weren’t able to say their goodbyes when they lost their loved ones.

And so, with those fears, there also comes a wave of calmness and being able to accept what we know is going to work. And when I got the COVID vaccine, even though I was a little afraid, I knew that it was going to be a better outcome.

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