Published on December 11, 2020

Why the COVID-19 Vaccine is Important

MidMichigan Health offers the following public service announcement

“Hi. This is Dr. Lydia Watson, chief medical officer, at MidMichigan Health.

As a member of your community, and as a mother, wife and friend, I, like you want nothing more than for COVID-19 to simply – go away.  The COVID-19 vaccine is our best chance at doing just that. We strongly encourage everyone to consider receiving the vaccine.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available.

Vaccines stimulate your immune system to help your body fight the virus if and when you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands all help to reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.

We want you to know, safety is a top priority for the COVID vaccine. The FDA and CDC have developed an approval process to ensure vaccines are as safe as possible. At MidMichigan Health we have been working closely to follow state and CDC recommendations while we develop our vaccine prioritization and administration process. This will ensure that the vaccine is administered safely and efficiently.

We encourage you to educate yourself about the vaccine and how it will help us to fight COVID-19.  The CDC’s website offers several education tools for you to learn more about the vaccine, its benefits and more. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following all CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. Vaccines will most likely be made available to the general public in early spring if not sooner. I recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to you.

On behalf of all of us at MidMichigan Health, be safe and be well.”