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COVID-19 Fears Extend to the Vaccine

Vaccine shot vaccinationThe COVID-19 pandemic has birthed a lot of fears and confusion. Even in the midst of good news and hope, there are fears and confusion about the vaccine. The rollout has had its problems, the question of who qualifies for the initial doses is murky, and the when and where of receiving the vaccine may take some research. Many people are hesitant to receive the vaccine for various reasons. The rationalizations run from people who refuse all vaccines as harmful or unspiritual, to groups who see such intrusions as government or corporate conspiracies to somehow control our lives for evil purposes.

 

You may have heard of “herd immunity.” That means a point is reached where, in a sense, there are not enough people for the virus to infect, and the majority of the people cannot get sick or spread the disease. It is estimated that 70% to 90% of the population would need to be inoculated to reach herd immunity. Reluctance to get the vaccine lowers the chances of reaching that goal.

Here are some reasons why people refuse the vaccine.

  • General distrust of vaccines, period
  • Concerns about efficacy — There are questions about whether it really works and for how long, and if it’s safe
  • Side effects
  • The speed at which the COVID-19 vaccine was developed
  • Disregard for the reality of the pandemic

 

There are also concerns among people of various colors and ethnic backgrounds due to historical instances of abuse and experimentation.

As with any medical concern, it is best to confer with your trusted medical professional. There are also agencies that specialize in health issues, that are at the forefront of research and analysis. The World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics websites are all excellent resources for objective, fact-based, and verified vaccine information. Local universities, hospitals, and doctors’ offices, are also good resources for accurate and reliable information.

The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Sisters renovated St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004, with space for 57 Sisters and 40 other senior residents.

The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café, and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety, and security in an environment of beauty and grace. Mass is celebrated each day and is open to the public.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or a loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit us at sacredheartvillapa.org/.

*NOTE: This article is intended for informational purposes only; nothing in this content is to be considered medical advice. Please contact your medical providers for expert medical assistance.