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With the COVID-19 vaccine, good things come to those who don't wait

Mar 8, 2021

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For decades, businesses have focused on building their brands. We dry our hands with Bounty paper towels or shop at Kroger.

It’s not surprising that people have learned to discern COVID-19 vaccines by manufacturer. After finding out a friend or family member has received his or her shot, the next question is often which one: Pfizer, Moderna, or now, Johnson & Johnson?

If you’re going to get a COVID-19 vaccine, I encourage you to take whichever is offered to you. If you’re wondering if you should wait a few more weeks to get the shot, I also urge you not to put it off. Here’s why:

Delaying the vaccine leaves you at risk for serious illness and death. An average of 2,000 Americans are dying each day from COVID-19, and more than 6,000 are admitted to hospitals. Even those with mild illness can feel long-term effects: 1 in 5 previously healthy young adults continued to experience symptoms like extreme fatigue or loss of taste and smell more than two weeks after initial COVID-19 diagnosis.

Getting the vaccine will keep you and your family safe. Current data show that all vaccines approved for use in the U.S. offer complete protection against hospitalization and death from COVID-19. And all approved vaccines greatly reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.

Delaying the vaccine provides the virus with the opportunity to continue to mutate. New variants can be more infectious or resistant to vaccines. This could prolong the pandemic.

Getting the vaccine will help make possible a return to normal—to work, to school, to activities with friends and family members.

Don’t delay. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn.

Vacuna COVID-19: las cosas buenas llegan a los que no espera

Durante décadas, las empresas se han centrado en construir sus marcas. Nos secamos las manos con toallas Bounty  o compramos en Kroger.

No es sorprendente que la gente haya aprendido a distinguir las vacunas COVID-19 por fabricante. Después de descubrir que un amigo o familiar ha recibido su vacuna, la siguiente pregunta es a menudo cuál: Pfizer, Moderna, o ahora, Johnson & Johnson?

Si va a recibir una vacuna COVID-19, le animo a que tome la que se le ofrezca. Si se pregunta si debería esperar unas semanas más para recibir la inyección, también le instó a no aplazarlo. Aqui esta  el por qué:

Retrasar la vacuna lo pone en riesgo de sufrir una enfermedad grave y la muerte. Un promedio de 2000 estadounidenses mueren cada día a causa del COVID-19 y más de 6.000 ingresan en hospitales. Incluso aquellos con una enfermedad leve pueden sentir efectos a largo plazo: 1 de cada 5 adultos jóvenes previamente sanos continuó experimentando síntomas como fatiga extrema o pérdida del gusto y el olfato más de dos semanas después del diagnóstico inicial de COVID-19.

Recibir la vacuna los mantendrá a usted y a su familia a salvo. Los datos actuales muestran que todas las vacunas aprobadas para su uso en los EE. UU. ofrecen una protección completa contra la hospitalización y la muerte por COVID-19. Y todas las vacunas aprobadas reducen en gran medida el riesgo de contraer COVID-19.

Retrasar la vacuna brinda al virus la oportunidad de continuar mutando. Nuevas variantes puede ser más infeccioso o resistente a las vacunas. Esto podría prolongar la pandemia.

Recibir la vacuna ayudará a que vuelva a la normalidad: al trabajo, a la escuela, a las actividades con amigos y familiares.

No se espere. Vacúnese cuando sea su turno.


Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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