By Jayadvaita Swami
I was neutral, ambivalent and uncommitted about getting a vaccination for COVID-19. On one hand, the available vaccines have been well tested and shown highly effective. On the other hand, they have not had the benefit of long-term testing, the kind that goes on for years. We do not know how long their effectiveness will last, how effective they may be against variants, and what side effects might show up in the long term.
Apart from that, it seemed that if I came down with COVID I might wind up with one of two results – either I would get over it within two months or I would die. And I considered either outcome acceptable.
But now we’re seeing widespread evidence of a third result: so-called long-tail or long-haul COVID, in which one recovers from the disease but suffers side effects that can be seriously troublesome or debilitating and may last for no one knows how many months or years. I’m close with several devotees thus afflicted.
Protection against long-haul COVID seemed to me to outweigh the uncertainties and the small inconvenience of the vaccination. And so I’ve had my two jabs. And the rest is up to Krishna.