Too Healthy for the Vaccine? Summary
- Dr. David Long encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, especially given the more contagious Delta variant and its impact on younger people.
- An ICU doctor at a gym was wearing a mask even though he had been vaccinated; this was due to his having recently put three young adults in their 20s on ventilators as a result of contracting the virus.
- Dr. Long’s family is healthy and has already received vaccinations, and he urges others to do so for themselves and their families out of concern for those who may not be able to survive infection with COVID-19 if they contract it from someone else who chose not to get immunized.
Consider yourself to be healthy regarding this pandemic. Is there such a thing as being so healthy that you don’t need the COVID vaccine? I have a friend. He’s a competitive athlete. He has an impeccable diet.
And as the picture of physical health, he asked me if his thinking that he could skip the vaccine is rational. I thought it was a great question. The circulating Delta variant is much more contagious than the original Coronavirus.
It’s also hitting younger people harder than the original. This is likely due to the combination of a more aggressive virus. And the fact that the vaccine really works and the elderly are the most vaccinated group in our society.
I ran into an ICU doctor at the gym last week and he was wearing a mask in the gym. I asked him, I know you’re vaccinated. Are you wearing a mask? Just to set a good example. He told me that the day before he had had to put a 21 year old, a 25 year old and a 27 year old on ventilators.
I encourage everyone to get vaccinated. If you’re over 12 years old, even if you were to survive getting sick with COVID, you could pass it to someone else and that could cost them their life. So from the bottom of my heart, please choose to get you and your family vaccinated. My family’s healthy and we are vaccinated.
I’m Dr. David Long. That was the long story.