Is The Vaccine Reliable?


Jabour at home in her work attire

Ashley Spinella, Contributor

The coronavirus has driven entire countries into lockdown mode and frightened people around the world. COVID vaccines are being developed with unprecedented speed but also amid a culture of mistrust and conflicting information. Samer Awad is just such a person.

“How can anybody say with any confidence there will be no long-term consequences with vaccines that have been developed so quickly?,” said Awad.

The 67-year-old works in a tourist shop in Miami Beach and worries the vaccine has been developed too rapidly. He thinks more time should have been put into its making.

“I fully support the use of vaccines, but I worry about possible long-term side effects with the new vaccines,” said Awad.

Since none of the vaccines have been proven completely safe, some of the current skepticism may be resolved once there are more answers.

“It’s a choice that everybody has to make, and my choice is to wait and see,” said Awad.

On the other hand, Hala Jabour is ready for the vaccine. The 44-year-old nurse has been working long shifts for months and is more than ready for the pandemic to be over.

“Most of the hospital is just Covid,” said Jabour. “We fit them where we can.”

Healthcare workers are more susceptible to infection due to their occupation. If we compromise their health it will have a harmful impact upon the entire healthcare system.

Jabour  fully understands why people are hesitant about receiving the vaccine. The disease is new and the science around COVID-19 is yet evolving.

“It has to be shown that when people are cautious of the vaccine, it is for good reason and trust has to be earned,” said Jabour.