One of the greatest values we celebrate as North Dakotans is the pride we take in our families. We nurture our immediate families and look out for our extended families. One way we can extend this value is by getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Receiving the vaccine is a powerful step in keeping your family safe and helping our nation recover.
While North Dakota adults have been able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for a while, studies point to the need for our children, ages 12 and up, to be vaccinated against the potentially deadly virus. With nationwide distribution, statistics continue to showcase the vaccine’s effectiveness, safety and the need for immunization to move us forward out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a whole, America is in a race against time to normalcy as we strive to safely reach herd immunity without sacrificing any more lives to COVID-19. One of the biggest disruptions to our daily lives was distance learning. Parents had to make adjustments, teachers had to pivot and we asked our children to overcome challenges we’ve never faced.
The COVID-19 vaccine offers a solution that is rooted in decades of state-of-the-art virology and immunology research. This research strongly suggests that a viable vaccine is a much safer alternative to natural exposure. Vaccines are the safest way to build the immunity that society needs to get back to normal, ensuring we’re not faced with similar obstacles that we saw in March of 2020.
The technology used in the COVID-19 vaccine uses both old and new techniques to develop the vaccines. While some of the technology is new, it has been tested and found to be safe in human trials. We’ve had the luxury of some of the brightest minds in science working together to expedite the development and delivery of vaccines, in turn, getting the public solutions in a timely manner.
Our youth, our future
The COVID-19 pandemic shook many of us, especially those of us in the medical profession, to our core. In my time as a doctor and medical advisor to numerous patients and members, I have seen the dire need to minimize the effects of COVID-19 and our ability as health care providers to leverage the effectiveness of the vaccines.
The fact of the matter is that we don’t know the long-term effects of the COVID-19 virus. As a health care provider, I don’t recommend finding out those potential long-term effects through experience with our children.
Even if you or your child has already had COVID-19, I recommend you get vaccinated. Experts are continually learning more about the virus, as well as similarities and differences between natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity, so it is important to stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.
BCBSND’s dedication to its members
BCBSND is dedicated to improving access to the COVID-19 vaccines, therefore, the organization is eliminating member cost sharing/deductibles for those who wish to be vaccinated. All North Dakotans aged 12 and up are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
To find a North Dakota vaccination location, visit vaccinefinder.org. If you have questions about whether you should receive the vaccine, talk to your physician.