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Why not wait to get the COVID vaccine?

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


Florence Awosika, DNP, CRNP explains why it’s important not to wait until you’re sick to get the COVID vaccine.


You don’t want to wait until you fall so sick to make that decision to say, “Okay, maybe I should not get the vaccine.” It might be a little bit too late. Prevention in my opinion is always better. This is one of those situations where I use the word, “Always.” So yes, prevention is always better than care.

And when my patients ask me, should they get the vaccine, I tell them, “I got it, get it. Absolutely.” It’s one of the things that we can do to help as a community, help us in that path of healing or help us in the path of trying to get this over behind us so to speak. So yes, absolutely.

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