Why We’re Getting the Coronavirus Vaccine & Why We Encourage You to Get Yours
The Sage Collective Board of Directors and Advisory Board are committed to your health, safety and well-being. We have decided individually and collectively to speak out about our own decision to receive the vaccine that prevents or reduces the likelihood of contracting the coronavirus and becoming a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We know that Black people in America are reluctant about receiving the vaccine relative to other Americans even though we are dying from the disease at three times the rate as white and Asian Americans. The difference in mortality between races, that is the rate of death and dying, isn’t complicated to understand. We won’t yet go into detail on the history and reality of health care delivery in our nation, rather, what we want you to know is that you can do something about protecting yourself, your family and your friends from dying from COVID-19 today. Get your vaccine.
Being vaccinated against COVID-19 isn’t like getting a flu shot. Although the seasonal flu can be lethal, it is not in the same category as the coronavirus that has produced this pandemic. Unless you have a helicopter in your front yard that can take you directly to a major, medically advanced hospital, where a staff of doctors trained in infectious diseases and equipped with known and unknown experimental drugs happens to be available, you don’t want to risk getting the coronavirus. Get your vaccine.
We, as a people and as a community, are not immune from catching it. It does not discriminate, it infiltrates. It relies on your not doing something, such as wearing a mask, keeping socially distant, and washing your hands, to strike. It also doesn’t care if you don’t believe in getting inoculations against it. It will strike. If you want to be scientific about what we’re saying, do this experiment: Have everyone else you can think of get the vaccine and you go without it. Wait a few months and see what happens. See if you are really the superhero you think you are. Please, get your vaccine.
Sage Collective Board of Directors