Will you get the shot Four residents of the triad share their thoughts
Four North Carolinians describe their thoughts on the vaccine and whether they’re ready to get the shot.
Self-defense, NC – This week, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the state will resume vaccinations and allow Group 3 members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine later this month.
As the rollout process continues, it is an answered prayer for some, but for others it is not worth the risk.
WFMY News 2’s Stacey Spivey spoke to four Triad residents to see if they’re ready to take a shot at science.
Sidney Wheatley, Anna Gray Smith, Sarah DeMoss, and Nadine Dorner all try to manage life during a pandemic.
“It felt like a year-long twilight zone,” said Smith.
The thought of getting back to normal in the first place looks different for everyone, especially when it comes to the vaccine.
“As a Christian, I’m not afraid of death. There was no fear of dying, but there is a great joy in life,” said Wheatley.
Wheatley is a pastor in Self-defense. He got his first dose of the vaccine in January. He said it was a decision that wasn’t taken lightly, especially by a man of color.
“I was a little hesitant because of our past cultural experiences with vaccines,” Wheatley said.
However, after losing a dear friend to the virus, he decided to get the shot.
“If you live in fear, you will never achieve anything in life. Period,” Wheatley said.
At first, fear held back Dorner. As a medic in Self-defense, she got the vaccine fairly early on, but passed her first chance on.
“My first gut thought was that I’m not a guinea pig,” said Dorner.
When a second shot came, she decided to put her personal feelings aside and got her first dose in January.
Dorner hopes her immunity will help keep her parents, patients and children safe.
“I have to do this for the people I love and the people who are important to me and for the people I am close to,” said Dorner.
The same opportunity to get a shot will soon be available to DeMoss. She works in oral surgery in Self-defense. It’s a job that puts her at risk for COVID-19, but she chooses to sign off for her future family.
“Personally, I hesitate. I have a daughter so far and want to have other children,” said DeMoss.
DeMoss recalled a drug she took in her youth that is now being withdrawn from the market because it can cause abnormal births. Because of this, she wants to do more research on this vaccine before rolling up her sleeve.
“Because of my age and what I want, I’m not interested,” said DeMoss.
“I’m 1000% not going to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Smith.
Smith is based in Thomasville and has completely ruled out the vaccine.
“Fast pace and science don’t go together,” said Smith.
The massage therapist grew up on vaccines, but a combination of the speed of the vaccine and her health made her something called an “anti-vaxxer”.
“There could potentially be long-term effects, and there are autoimmunity concerns. I’ve been battling an unknown autoimmune disease for a year, which is another reason I won’t be getting this vaccine,” said Smith.
Although all four have different opinions about the vaccine, they can all agree that this was a difficult period in life. Losing loved ones, work, combating distance learning with children, and even turning a closet into an office.
Everyone is ready for an answer, for an end to the virus, whether it is the vaccine or not.