I see internal medicine patients at the hospital on weekdays, but on the weekends, sometimes I do a Corona 19 test at a health center screening clinic.

Even if they have been vaccinated, they must self-isolate and undergo screening tests.

Many of the people who visited for testing are those who have been released from self-isolation after entering the country.

What surprised me when testing them not long ago was that many of them had already received the COVID-19 vaccine abroad.

Is it now ending all over the world?

It has been a year and a half since the first strange air has enveloped the city.

Someone made a vaccine that seemed impossible, like the movie line 'We will find the answer as always'.

The public has benefited from the creation of antibodies from anonymous scientists and has begun to take off masks on one side of the planet as well.

It's like a dream, but it's a reality.

However, hope and reality seem to be a little different.

Vaccines are said to be dangerous.

It is a story dominated by news.

It's not just news in Korean.

Ghost stories from all over the world.

It is said that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will cover most of Korea, has decided not to be used in some countries.

I can't help but feel anxious.

I get calls every day asking if I can get a vaccine.

In fact, there are so many that it interferes with general medical care.

But, as it is likely, in a way, it is natural anxiety. Because it actually happened. According to the news, there are people who developed blood clots and even died after getting vaccinated. That's how I look around me. One of my patients was taken to the intensive care unit, and another patient came to the hospital with swollen legs. One patient with a swollen arm had platelets off as if he had thrombosis after the inoculation. It's full of things that make you nervous. Even if we don't know the exact causal relationship, it is likely to make us anxious enough.

So was my case. It started with mental preparation before inoculation. I remembered one of the first vaccinated friends saying, "It's been a long time since I've been sick like this." In fact, mental training did not do much for the body. Indeed, one day after the inoculation, my body started to tremble. I poured antipyretic analgesics into my mouth according to the symptoms, but I couldn't get out of bed for 3 days. The size of the anxiety gradually increased like pus. In the end, this wound of anxiety burst when a symptom occurred. Sudden throbbing pain while sleeping - Worried about whether it was angina, I had to go to the emergency room on a weekend night. Fortunately, the pain soon disappeared, giving me peace of mind, but I will never forget the anxious road to the emergency room.

So, it is difficult to confidently say, "I got the vaccine and nothing happens." So is it better not to fit? First of all, you have to beware of the 'fear' that arises in the hope that nothing will happen. Unnecessary fears can make you miss out on the good things your antibodies do. For most people it is far more beneficial to be fit. Medical practice should always weigh the practical benefit. The more you gain, the better you run. If the benefits are overwhelming, it is better to do it unconditionally, and if the losses are mostly, it is natural to avoid it. There is no situation where there is only one advantage or disadvantage. In other words, it is necessary to weigh the pros and cons of vaccines. The risk of getting the vaccine and experiencing serious side effects is real. But how does it compare to the probability of actually contracting COVID-19 and becoming seriously ill? Vaccination has many benefits both personally and socially.

Before my first vaccination, I was hesitant for several reasons. Some said it had fatal side effects, and it didn't seem like a good vaccine, and the negative news of the vaccine added to doubts about its effectiveness. I was angry at the situation where there was no option for a vaccine and a sufficient supply was far away. I had endured it for over a year, but it felt like there was no end in sight.

But I think like this. How long are you going to live like this? We're not waiting for an end, isn't it time for us to end it? The economy is difficult and there is no joy in living. I can't meet once, and I can't meet friends. I couldn't even go to a conference once, the exercise center was closed, and the trip was like a dream come true. I'm tired of wearing a mask now. I want to see people's faces.

As a physician once said, "The best vaccine is the vaccine in front of me."

Now is the time when we desperately need a vaccine rather than any other quarantine measures.

Our medical staff are ready.

If sufficient supply is supported, vaccination can be performed faster than any other country.

I sincerely hope that unnecessary doubts will be put aside and the pain of this time will end soon.

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