Covid is again weighing heavily on me–after months of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! I’m sure many of you are feeling similar anxiety about what this means for the coming school year. I will be doing all the prevention measures we already know to work: Running my air filter. Taking elderberry syrup. Sanitizing my hands. Wearing a mask in crowded places.
That said, I am convinced that the long-term solution here is mass vaccination. This opinion probably surprises many of you. While I’ve never considered myself an anti-vaxxer, I was raised by two of them;), I and spaced out my owns kids’ immunizations (basically per the Dr. Sears alternative selective schedule). I’ve defended anti-vaxxers in the past, when I said the following about my basic stance:
- Overall, I would describe myself as agnostic about many vaccines–I don’t know that they carry with them any long-term risks, but the assurances of the medical establishment doesn’t entirely reassure me.
- I wish pediatricians would be more willing to discuss the ins and outs of each vaccine and the disease against which it protects. Instead, most physicians simply insist that there is zero potential for any long-term downside to vaccines. I believe that many parents would actually opt in to vaccinating against some of the scariest diseases if they could get more detailed information out of their doctors on the risks, benefits, and unknowns.
Here is my reasoning behind being strongly in favor of Covid vaccinations. Everything written here still holds true–what’s changed since it was written is that all of the interviewees, myself included, have received two vaccine doses. The baby boomers experienced no side effects, and Daylon and I both felt fluish for a day or so after our Moderna shots.
What About Vaccinating Kids?
Many of you have asked what I plan to do about my kids (Felix is turning 12 in September). This may be another unpopular opinion, but I am not particularly worried about my children contracting Covid. We take many other risks that have a greater chance of resulting in serious harm, statistically speaking. I will, however, get both of my sons the Covid vaccine when they become eligible in order to:
- reduce the odds that they will spread the disease to someone vulnerable;
- prevent them from becoming long-Covid patients;
- ensure that neither of them is an incubator for the next, potentially worse, variant;
- move us closer to herd immunity, and thus a return to normalcy.
I don’t love the idea of my kids getting this shot. But given all the options, vaccination is the one about which I feel most comfortable. Here’s a post I found useful during my decision-making process.
Why I Am Being Vocal About This…
I’ve been disappointed to see so many other bloggers in the natural parenting space staying quiet about the vaccine. I assume either they are not getting the shot but are unwilling to admit it, or they are afraid that coming out in favor of the vaccine will cost them followers. And cost them it will; every time I write about this topic I get hundreds of angry emails and people canceling their orders from our store. One of you even snail-mailed me about nine pages of QAnon literature, which I admit I couldn’t get the whole way through.
In general, though, I like receiving your comments–I read every single one of them and am always open to the possibility that I’ll learn something or adjust my position. I’ve watched the Christiane Northrop videos, and I’ve read what Dr. Mercola says on this topic. So far, none of it has changed my mind or made me worry that the Covid vaccines are likely to be dangerous. But please do continue to send along the information that you’re finding convincing. (And if you’re not finding the conspiracy theories convincing, please go get the vaccine!). Also, this is not a sponsorte
P.S. Some responses to an email I sent on this same topic that I feel are worth sharing:
I love what you do with your products and your information. We need more. But instead of relying on man made medicine, we should be held accountable for how we live. What we eat, drink, breathe. Be more responsible and stop blaming others for your own self-induced sickness.
You are a good person, but unfortunately a misinformed person! Please do not subject your sweet children to the “shot” which is NO VACCINE! Unlike any other vaccine in history, this Covid 19 shot is a man-made, bio-weapon from China intended to kill and depopulate the World, a mastermind of China and the corrupt World leaders who want World Control!
Luckily nobody in my family is imunnocompromised and we are all able to get the vaccine. But I’m one of the people for whom the measles vaccine as a child does not take. I’ve had it multiple times and it doesn’t stick. I don’t develop the antibodies. So living in WB Brooklyn while doing IVF in 2018/2019, during the measles outbreak, was TERRIFYING. Babies die of measles. They don’t get sick. They just die. So I am counting on everyone else to get vaccinated and know that they too may also get the vaccine and not be immune but have no idea.
I was so nervous to watch your first video about your thoughts on covid vaccines, because I didn’t want to have to walk away from you! I actually tend toward avoiding vaccines in general (our daughter isn’t vaccinated), but it is clear to me that this is a circumstance where the risk/reward calculation shifts. And as someone who is hesitant about vaccines, I think we should be applauding the development of mRNA vaccines, since they don’t have adjuvants or preservatives! This seems like a move in the right direction!
I am not a conspiracy theorist and I’m not even a Republican. When I became pregnant with my first child, I planned follow a delayed schedule and was a huge fan of Dr. Sears (still am!). But the more I read, from sources I worked hard to make sure were legitimate, the more paralyzed I became with indecision and confusion. At this point, I’m more scared of a rare, but totally possible, severe reaction from a vaccine than I am of the diseases themselves. I believe that vaccines are generally safe and effective. But I am just terrified of being one of the mothers who’s child has a bad reaction. I’m scared of polio, too! I guess I just feel like I cannot bring myself to vaccinate, and so I do nothing. I realize that doing nothing is making a choice. But if feels safer to me. So that’s where I am right now.
I am not confident about supporting your business. How is it that you seem to know so much about natural and toxin-free products but know absolutely nothing about vaccines, their side effects, and the science with this Covid virus???? For the record, pediatricians are paid to encourage vaccines and deny side effects.
I was VERY slow to vaccinate my children. They only really caught up on the schedule when they were about 8 or 9 and there are still a few I will pass on (HPV….the kids can decide that later) I don’t see anyway to end this pandemic unless we are all vaccinated. That was not an easy decision to come to, I have done a lot of research and really…it is necessary.
Thank you for this brave post. As a former anti-vaxxer, your emails helped change my mind about the COVID vaccines.
I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being a voice in favor of science in the natural parenting world. So many parents think that the two are mutually exclusive, when they are most definitely not.
Your poor kids. A coronavirus is a common cold. This is not FDA approved. Your kids chance of dying or spreading this common cold are basically zero. I am officially unfollowing your thread. I feel so sorry for your children that you as a parent are not educated enough about vaccines especially pertaining to common colds.
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