It’s a matter of returning to normal

My daughter wants to get the shot. We’re skeptical about letting her get it for a few reasons, mostly because she’s our kiddo and we don’t want any harm to come to her and because her age group has recently become eligible to receive the vaccine.

To be clear, she’s received all of her other vaccines as prescribed and suggested by her physician. And, we, her parents, have received the shot. Then there was the J and J pause and the emergency authorization for kids in her age group.

No wonder some people’s heads are swimming with questions: Do we or don’t we get the jab? — as one of my friends so eloquently and humorously asked the question.

As her parents, we want to make sure the vaccine is safe and that she won’t have repercussions later in life. There have been issues of blood clots, heart problems, and some women reporting irregular cycles. To be honest, trust in these matters is hard to come by.

I asked a doctor I respect who has children himself about his thoughts in regards to the vaccine. As a doctor and a dad, he got his children vaccinated. That kind of statement speaks volumes to me.

I love this kid. When she wants something, she’s a lot like her Mamma. She goes all-in. “I want the vaccine and here’s why.” Just like when she wanted social media, she builds a case for why it should happen. She’s convincing and well-researched when she wants to persuade her parents to let her do something.

Here’s an excerpt of the email she sends:

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Not only does she research the vaccine, but she also finds reputable, timely sources and makes a presentation of sorts at dinner.

“Did you actually read the sources?”

“I sure did. Or I wouldn’t have presented them. I know you guys are going to read them.”

We’d talked about getting the shot and our concerns for her because she has her whole life in front of her. We have lived a decent amount of life. We don’t have as much to lose when it comes to time or quality of life.

As far as we know, she has a good heart and is likely able to have children, should she choose to do so. As a teenager, you can make a lot of decisions about life that you wish you hadn’t made later. We don’t want this decision to be one of those down the road. We’d feel better if she wasn’t rushing to be at the front of the line but waited to be more toward the middle, or later in the line so we can learn more.

She’s well-researched and ready to go through her talking points:

The COVID-19 Vaccine will not Impact Periods or Fertility

“The vaccine doesn’t have any mechanism to directly affect menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or fertility — but it does provide an immune response,” Division Medical Director and OBGYN for Banner Health Dr. Pooja Shah told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Here’s Where That COVID-19 Vaccine Infertility Myth Came From

“It’s inaccurate to say that COVID-19’s spike protein and this placenta protein share a similar genetic code,” says D’Angela Pitts, M.D., a maternal fetal medicine specialist with Henry Ford Health System. “The proteins are not similar enough to cause placenta to not attach to an embryo.”

COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

The CDC says you can get vaccinated while pregnant:

If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, a conversation with your healthcare provider might help, but is not required for vaccination.”

More on Vaccines and Infertility

One doctor says:

“We want to look at patients who are vaccinated in the pre-conception period as well, partially to look at if we see evidence of placental injury at delivery from women vaccinated at that point,” said Goldstein. “We also want to look at immunity. Do we develop a good antibody response, do we see the antibodies in the fetus?”

Shattering the Infertility Myth

One infertility specialist recommends getting vaccinated to her patients:

“As a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist, I urge my patients to get vaccinated against Covid-19. I discuss what is known, what remains unknown, and address their fears and uncertainties. I feel confident that the data will continue to emerge showing the benefits of vaccination in eradicating severe disease.”

Her talking points are tough to argue. We ask a different question:

“Why do you want the shot and why so quickly?”

Her answer: “I want my life back. I want to be as normal as possible again. It’s going to be summer and I want to be able to do things with my friends this summer without being scared.”

Don’t we all?

Point well-made, kiddo.