Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Living with the Covid virus (COVID-19, Coronavirus) has certainly created a challenging and confusing time for us all. For many people, it has resulted in a period of distress and uncertainty unlike any previously experienced. After much anticipation, COVID-19 vaccines are finally being distributed, but now people seem to be reeling with an entirely new set of concerns.

A photo of Dr. McClelland receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

As we enter 2021, millions of us are asking: “Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?”

I hope my perspective and personal opinions below regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine will be helpful to you and your family. They are based on my education in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, and my 30 years of practicing as a physician in the specialty of Otolaryngology (ENT). 

While I make no claims of specific expertise regarding modern protocols and the manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines, I do possess a fundamental understanding of vaccine development. I also firmly believe in the importance of distributing accurate information so that well-informed individuals can make the personal decision regarding whether or not to get vaccinated. 

I had my first Covid vaccine two weeks ago. It was easy and resulted in only a mild pain in my arm for two days. As of today, I’ve had no other side effects and plan to get my second vaccine next week. I’ve also encouraged everyone in my family and my office to do the same as soon as possible.

Every day, as an ENT physician, I am asked multiple questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are a few of the most frequent questions and my opinions regarding these topics:

I truly hope this information can provide knowledge and confidence to those who are overwhelmed by the volumes of inaccurate information and speculation that permeate social media. I speak not as a virologist, but as a medical professional who might just know a bit more on the subject than many who are promoting false and alarming claims. I have no reason to doubt that the Covid vaccination is the white horse riding to our rescue that we have all prayed for over the last year! I trust in the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety and I encourage others to become vaccinated for COVID-19 as I did so that this vicious virus can stop ruling our lives.  

William McClelland, MD, FACS

William A. McClelland, MD, FACS - Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT)
About the Author
Otolaryngologist (ENT) at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA
Dr. McClelland is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT) as well as the Founding Partner of CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA. His particular clinical interest is minimally invasive sinus surgery.
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