15 Reasons Why I Will Get a Covid-19 Vaccine

And why I hope you will, too

Andy Slavitt
Medium Coronavirus Blog
4 min readDec 1, 2020


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By December 13 or soon after, vaccines for Covid-19 will likely be ready to roll out. Tens of millions will be ready to go, month by month. First to health care workers, then to nursing homes, then to other high-risk populations.

There are milestones to get there and data to review, but preparations are underway. I recently talked with scientists and distributors. There is an impressive level of preparation to make all the logistics happen.

But the vaccines’ effectiveness isn’t dependent on the scientists alone. It’s also dependent on us. So, what should we do and why? Here’s why I am going to get vaccinated.

  1. I’m going to take the vaccine for other people: pregnant women, younger kids, and the 7% of adults (immunocompromised) who won’t be able to take a vaccine early. If I don’t take it, I’m endangering them. They are counting on us or they are in real danger.
  2. Tens of thousands of brave, healthy people around the world agreed to participate in these clinical trials. Over 90% effectiveness compared to people who didn’t. That’s frankly great. It will honor their participation to follow—and keep us from getting sick!
  3. The spike protein in the virus turned out to be an easy target for the vaccines to attack. I don’t know why I would want to get sick to get immunity.
  4. Long-haulers — I have met and talked to so many. They would tell you, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” Take this vaccine. You don’t want this virus. (Anyone know where we’re supposed to look a gift horse?)
  5. I prefer science to Scott Atlas. Sorry, Scott, I’m not willing to let people get sick and just “live their lives.” Scott, you and your Great Barrington Manifesto are welcome to be last in line.
  6. I love the Fourth of July. Many Americans are going to barbecue either way, but many more of us will if it’s safe. If 70% to 80% of us take the vaccine, you can pretty much invite anyone you…