Why I Got Vaccinated

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tanya Anand, MD, MPH – Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn, Emergency & General Surgery

"I chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 not only to protect myself, but to protect those I care about.  Making this decision has a resounding positive impact on the overall health of my family, friends, patients, and community."

 

 

Lourdes Castañón, MD, FACS – Burn Program Director & Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn, Emergency & General Surgery

"Yo tenía miedo a la vacuna, pero, cuando nuestros números de contagiados empezaron a aumentar vi las consecuencias de las secuelas que el virus dejaba en nuestros pacientes. Esto era alarmante, de ahí sentí la obligación de proteger a mi familia, a la comunidad y a mi misma. 

La vacuna nos da la esperanza de que si todos nos vacunamos contra el virus, menos nos contagiaremos, más vidas se podrían salvar  y así poco a poco podríamos volver a la normalidad."

 

Mike Ditillo, DO, FACS – Geriatric Trauma, Acute Care, and Critical Care Director, Surgery Clerkship Director, & Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn, Emergency & General Surgery

"For most people, 2020 has been a year like no other and a year we would all like to forget. As a person, I want my old life back. As a husband, a father, a son and a brother, I want to protect my family.  As a trauma surgeon and critical care physician, I want to protect my patients and my colleagues. As a human being I want to help end a pandemic that has caused so much suffering around the world.  For these reasons, I got vaccinated.

For more information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html or https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-what-you-need-to-know."

 

Marlon Guerrero, MD, FACS – Vice Chair, Quality & Performance & Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology

"La decisión de vacunarse es difícil. Escuchamos mucha información en la sociedad, especialmente en las redes sociales. Sin embargo, debemos tomar decisiones con hechos científicos. Soy médico pero también tengo una enfermedad neurológica. Para mí, la decisión de vacunarme se redujo a los riesgos y beneficios. El riesgo de no vacunarse y recibir COVID fue mucho mayor que cualquier efecto secundario de la vacuna. Con mi riesgo médico, contraer el virus puede resultar en la necesidad de un ventilador o, peor aún, en la muerte. COVID-19 es cierto. También están presentes las posibles complicaciones del virus. Para mí, el beneficio de vacunarme superó con creces el pequeño riesgo de efectos secundarios. Los latinos están muriendo a una tasa mucho más alta, así que insto a toda nuestra gente a vacunarse. Podría ser una decisión de vida o muerte."

 

Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS – Professor & Chief, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn & Emergency Surgery & Vice Chair of Research

Dr. Joseph encourages you to check out: https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M21-0055

 

 

 

 

Lilah Morris-Wiseman, MD, FACS – General Surgery Residency Associate Program Director & Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology

"This last year has been tragic watching entire families become infected with COVID-19. Most people have mild symptoms, but there seems to be no rule about who may be impacted with more severe and long-lasting symptoms. So many patients have died, but many who have lived have been temporarily or permanently disabled from the effects of the virus on the heart or lungs. Available vaccines are about 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 symptoms. I have Type 1 diabetes so may be at higher risk for complications were I to get infected. I got vaccinated to protect myself, my family, and my patients."

 

Taylor Riall, MD, PhD, FACS – Department Chair & Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology

"I got vaccinated because I want to be here to care for others. Protecting myself allows me to do so and allows me to care for my patients and protect the ones I love."

 

 

 

Wei Zhou, MD, FACS – Professor & Chief, Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

"[I got vaccinated] for myself, my family, and my patients. Also for our team. Vaccination increase the likelihood that all team members are available to take care of vascular patients and each other."