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Why shouldn’t I wait to get the COVID vaccine?

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

Jason Villarreal, MSN, RN, NP-BC on why NOT to put off getting a COVID vaccine.

There’s a difference, I think, between waiting ‘til next week and next year. And what I say to people is, “I hear you, and the main thing is I want you to get to next year. I want you to get to next week, to survive that long.” COVID is real. You know, I think it’s one thing to have questions about the vaccine. I have had some people say, “I don’t think it’s a real disease.” That’s not true. That’s just objectively not true, just, and I can say it because I’ve seen it.

So, somebody says to me here that, “You know, I think I want to wait.” I say, “I want to make sure that you’re safe and everybody around you is safe, because if you get it you may not have symptoms. And maybe you don’t get really, really sick, but what about your grandmother? Or what about your friend, your roommate, your aunt? That’s where the concern is. And so if you wait it’s just, you’re just, it’s just a game of chance at that point.” And especially since everybody is tired of masks and everybody wants to go to a restaurant, and everybody wants to live. I think that having these other things as risks, the vaccine is a way to kind of reduce that.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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