September 3, 2020
A Vaccine is Coming
- Fear has always been a part of life, and this year has been infused with more than most in recent memory.
- It seems certain that when we do have a vaccine available, it will be met on multiple fronts with panicked resistance.
- The thing about fear is that, like pain, it is meant to protect us. But if it is the captain of one’s soul, there is a problem.
“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie
Fear has always been a part of life, and this year has been infused with more than most in recent memory. While there are several famous quotes and adages refuting the usefulness of fear, the truth is, fear is very necessary for self-preservation. Fear is natural. And soon, a number of people will be trapped between two opposing fears: fear of the coronavirus versus fear of a hastily developed vaccine possibly spiked with a microchip.
Perhaps, if we were to look closely and with kind eyes, we might find that some of those who are so resistant to masks resist out of denial based in fear. The same goes for vaccines. There will be those who shun a vaccine for fear-based reasons, and not all of those who do will simply be concerned about the accelerated timeline of the COVID-19 vaccines. We have all been witness to a disturbing tide of anti-vaxxers for some time, and it seems certain that when we do have a vaccine available, it will be met on multiple fronts with panicked resistance.
Concern, at least, will be a factor for many. And there are reasonable concerns regarding safety that are sure to pop up. The word “reasonable” here refers only to questions regarding the processes leading to the coronavirus vaccine, not to the general mistrust of vaccines that is felt by some.
Several of the companies in or near Phase 3 trials are exploring two-dose vaccines. If the version approved for distribution is two doses, then among other things, people will have to venture out twice, making sure that they complete their booster appointment at the appropriate time. In various trials, vaccines are being tested at 21 and 28 days apart. A two-dose vaccine would also mean greater cost, which will be additionally problematic for those who lost their health insurance along with their employment when COVID swept the nation.
As is often the case, on the other side of fear we will find relief. And while the question of whether fear should be could be argued endlessly, the question of whether it is can be easily answered. As for understanding more, if ever there was a time to embrace that sentiment, it is now. We are being torn apart by opposing ideologies fueled by lack of understanding.
The thing about fear is that, like pain, it is meant to protect us. But if it is the captain of one’s soul, there is a problem.