The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination

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The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination
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By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

1) Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will keep you from getting sick. The available vaccines are very effective in preventing infection and illness from COVID-19. In very rare cases where one does catch the virus, the vaccine will prevent you from becoming seriously ill or needing to be hospitalized.

2) Those who choose to be vaccinated can enjoy more activities. According to the CDPH, can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single other household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible

3) Getting vaccinated helps our entire community. Returning to a more fully opened lifestyle will require herd immunity, which most experts estimate will happen when between 75%-85% of the United States population is vaccinated. We all need to do our part to achieve herd immunity by getting vaccinated.

4) Protecting yourself by getting vaccinated also protects those around you, including those at increased risk of severe illness from the virus, or those who can’t get vaccinated such as infants or people with weakened immune systems from things such as chemotherapy for cancer.

5) COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The effectiveness of our available vaccines in preventing infection, severe illness and death from COVID-19 is remarkably high. The safety of the vaccines are a top priority and we have procedures in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use.

For more information about the COVID-19 guidance and the local response, please visit For those that need assistance in making vaccination appointments, please call 2-1-1 option 4 in Santa Barbara County.

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Ahchooo May 07, 2021 03:49 PM
The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination

Much of the “rush” was that they were allowed to do tests simultaneously, rather than the usual sequential system. So, if they had several steps to follow, they could start on steps 3 and 4 while separately still working on 1 and 2. The basic science was not brand new, only plugging in the specifics of this virus.

Crystalandmaui May 07, 2021 08:47 AM
The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination

Chip of SB , this is true, what your stating, I have encountered this myself. I have to change the subject now, or be chastised because I have a different opinion. So who’s really making this political? Are the asking what’s your political choice when you get vaccinated? Or having your own view and choice not allowed anymore, by democrats? Seems to be.

a-1620407728 May 07, 2021 10:15 AM
The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination

Those that don't want to get vaccinated are ok by me. If they decide to risk getting the virus and giving it to loved ones and people they work and socialize with, also okay by me. The rest of us will get vaccinated and feel sad for their ignorance, but it is impossible to legislate social responsibility or socially responsible behavior.

letmego May 07, 2021 11:11 AM
The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination

The big risk, obviously, is that allowing them to give it to others means that those people can give it to even more people, and some innocent people down the road will die.

Also, the more spread there is, the more chance of variants. The more variants, the more likely they evade the vaccines.

Basically, like the nursing home in Kentucky, where people died.

Shasta Guy May 07, 2021 10:47 AM
The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination

Pfizer dose, day after. I seem to have sub flu like symptoms. Cold, but not chills. Some muscle soreness, but not full body aches. I am also fatigued so I am lying low at home until it blows over. This is a small price to pay vs full blown covid. Make it a priority to get fully vaccinated.

All Sides May 08, 2021 11:46 AM
The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination

Shasta Guy- Had my second Pfizer dose yesterday. Had a slight headache this morning, but a cup of coffee cleared it up. First dose was a little rougher, body aches and soreness. Good luck with dose 2.

Roger May 08, 2021 12:12 PM
The GOOD Outweighs Concerns for COVID-19 Vaccination

Had my first Pfizer shot April the 15th was supposed to get the 2nd on the 5th of May but have eye issues probably not going to get 2nd shot until after eye appointment on the 13th I hope nothing weird happens from waiting so long between shots..


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