Should I take the COVID vaccine?

Back when I was making vaccine decisions for my children, people kept urging me, “Do the research!” Ironically, the people who tended to say this the most emphatically were usually those who did not follow their own advice, but I digress… Often these same people would also recite various pro-science slogans. While I didn’t agree with their passive approach (“I’ll just assume my doctor or the woman at CVS has already done my research for me.”) I did find their advice and slogans compelling.

And I found this video a helpful resource. It pointed me in the right direction for how to follow some of the science — and how to access information about the clinical trials and studies conducted on the COVID vaccines.

What we know and don’t know about the vaccines

Spoiler alert: thus far, I haven’t been able to find any studies that indicate the vaccine has been tested on people my age, with my co-morbidities. (In fact, it seems to have only been tested on a carefully selected group of healthy individuals between the ages of 18-55.) I prefer not to take vaccines without evidence of their safety and effectiveness. It’s that whole “follow the science” thing.