Don’t Give away your Shot!

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

I hate shots.  No, I mean I really hate shots….so much so that I can barely watch someone getting a shot on television.  So I was pretty surprised when, after getting the first dose of the Moderna vaccine that I felt so darn good.  It was a feeling of relief and of hope. Maybe there was a light at the end of the Covid tunnel.

I think everyone who can, should get the vaccine too.  Why? During the past year, I’ve worked at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven as a chaplain intern.  I’ve been present at the bedside of a dying patient because his son could not come into the hospital. I’ve prayed with a daughter and her father who had Covid using a telephone and video conferencing.  I’ve comforted nurses on a Covid unit as the second wave ramped up in our hospital. They were already exhausted, nervous and afraid.  I’ve tried to connect over telemedicine with a Covid patient who had recently lost her father to Covid. (It wasn’t very successful or satisfying for either of us.)  I’ve felt the fear of being with a patient who later was diagnosed with Covid and watched the disruption of our convent when someone had unknowingly spent time with a Covid-infected person.

I want Covid to go away. Don’t you? That’s why I pray and ask that you pray that everyone who can, will get the vaccine. Science says that it can help us overcome this pandemic and allow us to get back our lives.  I’m not a huggy-type person, but I miss hugs. I want to be able to hold the hand of a patient who is lonely and afraid and I want to sing again at Mass. What do you miss?

If you are confused or still have some doubts about the vaccine, check out this YouTube video. It’s a good explanation.  Please encourage your friends and family to get the shot.  In the meantime, please keep wearing your mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands and stay safe.

 

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

3 responses to “Don’t Give away your Shot!

  1. Thanks, Barb and I can certainly relate to the fear of needles even though I have had many in my life. I pray before I receive one to have courage.

    We are hoping here in Columbus, we can get the vaccine soon. No word yet so please prayer for us to be patient and courageous.
    So glad you are ministering as a Chaplain as it was one of my favorite ministries. You receive so much from your patients and the nurses you support by your presence.
    Love, Brigid

  2. Great job brave one! Yes, fear of needles is very real. I’ve seen it first hand from the giver’s side.
    God Bless you as you minister as intern chaplain to comfort those who are victims of this terrible virus. You are the hands and feet and heart of Christ. Jesus would have taken the vaccine too, don’t you think?

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