Hello Friends, I hope you are well and finding your ground amidst life’s ever-present controversies. And nothing seems to be more controversial right now than the Covid-19 vaccine.
I’ve hemmed and hawed over writing about this, as it’s likely the most polarizing topic on the planet right now. At one end our governments and medical systems are practically paying us to get vaccinated and at the other are those who believe this is a dangerous and ultimately non-effective experiment. I’ve listened widely to both camps and what strikes me most is the extreme demonizing and aggression each side exhibits against the other. There is no common ground, only a widening divide.
The impetus for all to be vaccinated is to end this pandemic and save lives. Absolute agreement there! And getting vaccinated isn’t just for your benefit, but for the betterment of all. Okay. And the vaccines are safer than Covid. So come on down and roll up your sleeve!
But wait – haven’t many people died post-vaccine and even more become seriously injured?
Well, nobody wants to go there.
My own perspective has been all over the map but being long past child-bearing age, a lover of travel and a believer that these are energies already unleashed upon humanity, ultimately I justified getting the first shot.
By the time my age group was eligible, the Astra Zeneca (clearly a risk) was no longer an option and I seemed guaranteed to receive the Pfizer. That boded well, and I used a homeopathic protocol before and after getting the shot, designed to protect against any ill effects.
So I got my shot and it was all very pleasant. Took my remedies before and after and had a slightly sore arm for about 12 hours on the 2nd day, but that was that. Then about 10 days later, I got up one morning and opened an email that was clearly from someone I was supposed to know – and didn’t have a clue who they were. Or what they were writing about. I also drew a total blank on what day of the week it was. Had I entered the Twilight Zone? Was I having a stroke? Over the next hours my recall started to return and ultimately everything filled back in, but it really shook me up. A delayed vaccine reaction? Who knows.
Yesterday a good friend of mine spent the day in the emergency room with serious chest pain and vertigo 5 days after getting her 2nd shot. The doctor said she has seen a number of people presenting these symptoms after their Covid vaccine. And if you google Pericarditis/myocarditis and Covid 19 vaccine, you will read that a significant number of people, especially younger men, are experiencing this serious condition, post-vaccine. Then there is the emergency room doctor in Lytton who wrote a very thoughtful letter to our provincial health department expressing his concern after 4 healthy people in his small community experienced life-altering (in 1 case, death) neurological issues post-vaccine – only to be swiftly removed from his position at the hospital and professionally rebuked.
So I am well and truly perplexed. Yes, we want to end Covid but these vaccines have been the one-and-only official response to the pandemic. If you are hesitant, you become a conspiracy-theorist anti-vaxxer. And if you get the vaccine and suffer an injury, it’s regarded as a normal statistic and part of the price of ending the pandemic.
So perhaps the best we can each do right now is remember life never offers guarantees in anything. What if we respected each person’s decision in this vaccine matter and refrained from judgment? For this choice is always present: to further the sense of division and “otherness” between us, or reach toward care, compassion and tolerance of all experience. Healing isn’t just of the physical – and maybe that’s the deeper lesson Covid is here to teach.
Whatever your choice, may you be well with it.