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Why you should not wait to get a COVID vaccine

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

Edith Bracho Sanchez, MD on why NOT to put off getting a COVID vaccine.
I think the important thing to remember for people at home is that every day that you’re not protected is a day that you are taking a gamble. It could be a family member who brings COVID home. It could be at your job that you’re exposed. It could be in commuting that you’re exposed to COVID-19. And really, we don’t really know who’s going to get very sick, who’s going to potentially die, who’s going to develop long-term COVID-19 complications or symptoms that linger. So, every day that you’re not protected is a day that you are taking a gamble, that you are sort of playing a lottery, right? When it comes to getting the vaccine, we know that that is a way to end that gamble, to end that lottery that you’re playing. That sort of going about your day and not knowing when you’re going to catch this virus, or if you’re going to catch it or what’s going to happen to you if you do. So, I have been telling my families, listen, peace of mind, let’s think about that peace of mind. Let’s think about that protection for yourself and for your family.

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