I couldn't sleep on my left side at all last night as the soreness in my arm cranked up a notch. It also hurts to type on my work laptop, but these are minor inconveniences compared to the alternative.
Alan linked to what amounts to a manifesto for living which included among its points:
- "We have a duty to care."
It reminded me of a conversation I had recently about the Covid vaccine with someone who said there weren't really for or against it but didn't necessarily think it was worth it when it could cause problems with side-effects.
I'm not normally one to say what others should do or believe but this goes beyond that.
It's good that I will be personally more protected but it's not just about me. As I've said before, my getting vaccinated helps protect my wife and the rest of our family. It also helps to protect everyone I may come into contact with, everyone that I have a duty of care to as a fellow human being — all those other people with their own families.
When we reach herd immunity, and the chance of infection is minimised, then maybe some people might get away with not having the jabs and that won't have any knock-on effect. But I know how I'd feel if a choice I made caused my family, or anyone else's for that matter, to fall ill or worse.
Is it worth the risk?