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Marlin_Fish

500d

hi everyone, i just need to know that I'm not the only one with this experience. i feel so alone. I've been vaccinated my entire life, and I am in no way against them. at the beginning of covid, my anxiety absolutely skyrocketed. i had to quit my job, i couldnt leave my home due to anxiety. when the vaccine came out, i wasnt against it, but all of the media made me unbelievably terrified of it. i was recently put on medication for my anxiety, and ive worked through a massive amount of my anxiety. but, I'm still horrified of getting the vaccine, and i have absolutely no clue why. i don't believe any of the outrageous propaganda surrounding it, but im still far too afraid to get it. because of this, i feel so much guilt for not getting it. all of my friend have it and they believe that its selfish not to get it, which i kinda dont agree with. idk. has anyone else gone through this same scenario? i feel so utterly alone in this fear.

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    • BambiStar

      500d

      Friend, there are a lot of people out their whose disabilities interfere with their ability to be vaccinated, it isn't selfish or making excuses to count yourself among them. If its something you can work on or toward and you have the means and the ability and the desire, you can and should, but you have nothing to be ashamed of even if you decide against it permanently.

    • BambiStar

      500d

      Friend, there are a lot of people out their whose disabilities interfere with their ability to be vaccinated, it isn't selfish or making excuses to count yourself among them. If its something you can work on or toward and you have the means and the ability and the desire, you can and should, but you have nothing to be ashamed of even if you decide against it permanently.

    • Frapples

      500d

      I think selfish is kind of a harsh judgement. The whole point of herd immunity is to provide buffers for people who cannot get the vaccine. That includes anxiety. If you aren't generally anxious about vaccines, just the covid shot, it could be associated? Like all the fear and anxiety about the danger and complications of covid being deferred to the vaccine since theyre like 'dead' virals? or sleeping? Im not quite sure of the differences between types of vaccines. Or maybe anxious about side effects? I think working on pinpointing the anxiety triggers around it is the first step to controlling your anxiety. Knowing why is half the battle

      • Marlin_Fish

        500d

        @Frapples I absolutely agree. I think I know why, it's been a topic of conversation between me and my therapists for months. I am a diagnosed hypochondriac, and I am TERRIFIED of becoming sick. Most of my family and fries all had negative side effects after getting the vaccine, and I think its just the idea of purposely getting a shot that could very well make me sick, that is scaring me so much. I've had covid once and it was bad, and I do want the vaccine. But just the idea of getting sick with the vaccine is absolutely terrifying for me

        • Frapples

          500d

          @Marlin_Fish oh no, I'm sorry they had bad reactions 😟 in my university, one two of the students got sick. The other 11,498 students only got tired or feverish for two days. I don't know if odds helps... I know getting sick is scary, but if you've already had covid then your immune system is already partially equipped to deal with it right? It already has the tools to beat it down!

    • mtngoat

      500d

      I got vaccinated and boosted twice. I was out a week for all 3 shots with shitty symptoms, however my body is weak due to multiple health conditions. I chose to get the shots not only because I want to protect my loved ones, but also because I have a heart condition and the risk of sudden cardiac failure is much higher in patients with heart conditions. The thought of dying of covid and leaving the love of my life being is unacceptable. My partner got covid in May (which was terrifying) and I never got it, which I found absolutely astonishing. I weighed the options: do I want to feel sick for a week or two, or do I want my life to be potentially turned upside-down and add more chronic conditions to the list? The vaccines work and they can save your life or your loved ones' lives. If I can get vaccinated, you likely can too.

      • mtngoat

        500d

        @mtngoat Sorry for the typos 💕

    • Porkbun

      500d

      I had headache after the vaccine but after I was okay. I would take that u side affect over having covid any day

    • princessblue

      500d

      This is such a hard debate right now. I got the vaccine, but was hesitant as well. I saw a lot of family and friends get sick from the vaccine. I think it is how you feel and what you want. It's almost like the don't ask don't tell. Why does anyone have to care if you have it or don't. It is up to you.

    • smkeaton

      500d

      It’s not one else’s business what we do with our own bodies. Period. I personally think our healthcare should have never been politicized. People have a right to their own opinions as we have a right to our own bodies and what we do with them. Do your own research, it may even help lessen your anxiety a bit to ground yourself in factual information. The hardest part with covid and the vax is that no one really knows the right answer. It is anxiety inducing, so please know you absolutely aren’t alone in your fears.

    • nerd.of_all.things

      500d

      I definitely understand that! Personally, I'm vaccinated, but have a couple friends who aren't for their own reasons (but in no way against it). I definitely don't believe it's selfish not to get it, as long as you're being safe, or staying home if you been exposed. Honestly, I think you're fine as long as you don't go and spread it, knowing you've been exposed, yanno? I hope this helps!

    • Ms.Piggie

      500d

      Personally, I chose not to get vaccinated because I am scared of it. Not because I believe the propaganda or because I’m against vaccines. I chose not to get it because it made my whole family sick. Of course they recovered but it took a long time for them to get there. I don’t believe it’s selfish to not want to get a vaccine. I think it goes to my body my choice. Ultimately I’m not hurting anyone. I wear two masks anytime I’m in public, I don’t go out when I’m feeling sick, and I get tested anytime I do feel sick. If it was guaranteed that the vaccine would completely eradicate COVID then I would consider getting it but personally I haven’t seen any science on that. Of course I’m happy to be proven wrong so if anyone has any articles about that I’ll read them. Hope this helps!

      • Porkbun

        500d

        @Ms.Piggie it's worse to die or becomes forever disabled by covid, my grampa has COPD now because of it and it's been 2 years and I can't smell. There are pros and cons to both but I think the pros for getting the vaccine are better. We got covid before the vaccine existed. Two other of my family members to this day have irregular sense of smell because of covid. Covid is still not gone because many people refuse to be vaccinated and refuse to wear maSks and be safe. And everyone goes out like their isn't a plague going on.

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