I got a text yesterday from the Maryland Department of Health asking me if I wanted to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. I answered in the affirmative. I’m getting a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this Tuesday at the newly opened mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets.
I’m pretty excited about it.
The effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccine
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has an effective rate of 74.4% in the United States. That is lower than the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, like the other two vaccines, is 100% effective against hospitalization and death. This fact is enormous.
From the beginning of the pandemic, what I feared the most was the need to be hospitalized. I feared it more than I feared death. I still do. Having spent ten days in the hospital, nine in intensive care, I have a pretty good idea of what hospitalization for COVID-19 would be like. It would be far worse than what I experienced before because I would be forced to experience it alone. When I was in the hospital at the end of 2017, my wife Sheri was with me most of the time.
She would not be allowed into the hospital today.
I don’t think I could deal with being in the hospital without my wife. I honestly don’t think I would have survived back in 2017 without her being at my side. Sheri was my personal hero.
When I think about all the people we’ve lost since this pandemic reared its ugly head, I remember that most of them died alone without their loved ones at their side. It was a terrible experience who had to die alone. It continues to be a terrible experience for their loved ones. They have to think about how the person they loved died alone and without them.
Justin Turner is a garbage person
Thinking of the ultimate sacrifice paid by victims of COVID-19 is the reason I have no patience for a self-centered garbage person like Justin Turner. Even now, he complains about not fully celebrating with his teammates because he had COVID-19 when the Dodgers won the World Series.
Justin Turner is such a victim. He couldn’t be on the field with his teammates when the Dodgers won? He should share his misery with the people who could not be with their loved ones when they died.
I will still need to wear a mask and practice social distancing
The 74.4% effective rate for preventing COVID-19 means I can still develop COVID-19. It will be far less severe. It means I can still give COVID-19 to others. Because of this fact, I’ll still be wearing a mask and keeping my distance from others for the foreseeable future. I don’t have a problem with that. I wear a KN-95 and a fabric mask when I’m in public.
It’s a tiny price to pay in this fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It’s so small, it’s minuscule.
76 years ago, American soldiers climbed into Higgins boats and stormed the beaches at Normandy. They threw themselves at Nazi machine gunners protected in cement bunkers while German artillery rained death upon them. It’s what they had to do to defeat Nazi Germany. I wear a mask to help defeat the threat of COVID-19. My sacrifice is nothing compared to the sacrifices soldiers paid at Normandy.
I have no problem wearing a mask because I’m not a baby-man. I don’t want to get sick, nor do I want to make anyone else sick. Wearing a mask helps me achieve those goals.