There is a vaccine for COVID-19 but sadly not everyone in Coahoma County is taking it. And sadly, people are still dying from COVID.
Eighteen months ago we were in the middle of one of the worst pandemics to hit this country. And as all disease is no respecter of people or person, it soon found its way into our businesses, schools, churches and homes.
COVID-19 changed our world.
And then the nation with the greatest healthcare system in the world began the process of developing a vaccine.
By December, national regulatory authorities had approved six vaccines for public use: two RNA vaccines (tozinameran from Pfizer–BioNTech and mRNA-1273 from Moderna), two conventional inactivated vaccines (BBIBP-CorV from Sinopharm and CoronaVac from Sinovac), and two viral vector vaccines (Gam-COVID-Vac from the Gamaleya Research Institute and AZD1222 from the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca).
American’s love a choice and we are now blessed with that opportunity.
The next step is to figure out an effective way to get the vaccine into the arms of Americans.
Your Clarksdale Press Register has heard local reports of medical professionals who do not want to take the vaccine. We have all heard street talk of those who don’t trust government and don’t trust the safety of the vaccine.
To quote an ole 1978 tune, “What a fool believes, he sees.”
To balance that thought, let us clarify that no one at the Clarksdale Press Register is a doctor. But with almost a year of medical history behind us, we think it is time for everyone to take the shot.
COVID-19 stole many of our freedoms and still can. Not taking the shot can carry the disease into your business, school and yes, to family members in your home.
An effective vaccine for COVID‑19 will save trillions of dollars in the global economy and open stores and restaurants in Clarksdale.
Sadly less than 30 percent of our community has taken the shot. That is not good for anyone and certainly not good for this place we call home.
Do your part to stop COVID. Take the shot.