I am a physician that has worked with clinic and hospital patients with Covid-19 infection for the past year and a half.
Many of these patients did not survive. Many survivors have long term complications like shortness of breath, fatigue, strokes, heart and kidney damage, loss of taste and smell.
Thanks to the hard work of scientists and researchers we now have several effective vaccines. The vaccines are highly effective at reducing infection, about 85-95% effective. They also reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from Covid.
In fact, the only people getting hospitalized now are those who are not vaccinated.
There is also a new variant of the virus, the delta variant, that is spreading rapidly. It is more contagious and deadly than the original Covid.
I highly encourage people to get vaccinated to prevent another surge of cases caused by the delta variant.
The vaccine has risks, like any medication or vaccine. The risks of the vaccine are minor, like a sore arm or fever in most cases. Serious side effects or death from the vaccine are rare. In my opinion the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks.
For some reason, Arkansas is 48th out of 50 states in the percentage of people who are vaccinated. We can and should do better.
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