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Health Scene MagazineSafe, Effective and Life-Saving
FROM THE DESK OF DR. STEVEN G. ACHINGER
 

The evidence is clear: vaccines vastly reduce the risks of hospitalization and death from the COVID-19 virus. Close to 400 million doses have already been administered across America, and well over 6 billion around the world.

Yet some still remain on the fence about the vaccine. If this includes you, here are some points to consider:

The vaccines are overwhelmingly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from the virus. Comparisons between vaccinated and unvaccinated hospital and ICU admissions provide perhaps the most profound evidence of this.

The side effects of the vaccines are almost always mild, and severe reactions are extraordinarily rare. These side effects might include a temporary sore arm, headache or chills. The effects of NOT receiving the vaccination, however, can be dire.

The vaccines are saving lives. From smallpox to cholera to the measles, vaccines have played the essential role in neutralizing and eradicating our most burdensome diseases. Their application in the prevention of COVID hospitalization and death is no different.

They allow you to be part of the solution. As we’ve witnessed in recent months, new variants can lead to an unprecedented spike in hospitalizations and death among the unvaccinated in our community. Our hospitals can run out of space, and compromise emergency treatments for non-COVID patients in the process. It's incumbent upon all of us to be a part of the solution to this crisis, and not a part of its escalation.

Vaccines will boost your immune response even if you've already had COVID. Even if you've had COVID previously, the vaccine can further your level of protection against the virus many times over. Please note: if you were treated with monoclonal antibodies o convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Watson Clinic patients can receive the vaccine free of charge by scheduling an appointment. I urge you to schedule yours by calling 863-680-7190. Booster doses for adults are also available, as well as the two-dose vaccine for children 5 to 11 years of age. 

Yours in good health,
 
 
Steven G. Achinger, MD, FASN
Watson Clinic Managing Partner
 
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