The best photo I saw this week was a selfie of my father-in-law, who had just received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Along with the shot, he was given a sticker that read “I was vaccinated!”
As the vaccine continues to spread, clinics and distribution centers across the country are covering things like stickers and even selfies decorated with colorful backgrounds to help people celebrate the shot.
Selfie stations are designed as colorful backgrounds, often with pro-vaccine messages lined with the name of the healthcare provider. This is a good brand. And hey, if favorable social media has helped make some modern restaurants popular, there̵
An added bonus – if the vaccines are given in healthcare facilities, this gives people a specific place to shoot without compromising the privacy of other patients.
Vaccine stickers and selfies can increase confidence in vaccines. Just as “I voted” stickers were created to remind people of election day, “I got vaccinated” stickers are designed to help people see the vaccination efforts that are unfolding in their own community.
As early as December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed stickers for healthcare professionals to wear after vaccination. As they were among the first people in the country to be vaccinated, stickers were an easy way for workers to start vaccination talks with their patients and colleagues – some of whom may be reluctant to receive the vaccine.
Ready-made vaccination celebrations are also a way to dissuade people from sharing their vaccination cards on social media. They may contain personal information and posting photos of them can help fraudsters cheat. A photo of your vaccinated person playing sports with a sticker, on the other hand, does not pose almost as much of a risk to privacy.
Stickers can serve the same purpose outside the healthcare industry. But also; they are super fun. Sticking on a sticker is a chance to celebrate visually at a time when there was so little to enjoy. It’s the same with taking selfies to share with the world. Of course, there are public health benefits to make vaccination visible. This is also pure joy.
How can we say thank you to health professionals and scientists for their sacrifice and service? Get the vaccine as soon as possible to reduce their load and continue to wear a mask to protect fellow citizens. In my 80th year, I am grateful and hope for better days ahead. pic.twitter.com/emGDlnYL2E
– Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) January 22, 2021
I still don’t have the right to get the vaccine where I am, and I probably won’t be for long. But after seeing so much death and suffering in the past year, it brings me nothing but hope and happiness to see the relief in people’s eyes after they shoot.
Other people have taken their holidays with vaccines in their hands. They are not happy with the official proposals, they dress in the best, wear sequins and even wear fun bandages to patch up after the shot. Vaccinated people still can’t organize a big party without masks – but they can celebrate a small, important victory. It’s fantastic.
There are still too few people vaccinated here in the United States and around the world. The spread was messy, frustrating and unfair. It still is. Governments can still a lot Better. But more people get shot every day. In fact, Friday set vaccination records in the United States and the European Union.
No doubt this is something to celebrate.
Here is what happened this week.
The coronavirus threatens to return. Here’s how to stop it.
The number of vaccinations is increasing, but so are the variants of the coronavirus. The pandemic is not over yet, but there are ways to make this next phase better than the previous one. (Apoorva Mandivali / New York Times)
Coronavirus reinfection will soon become our reality
As the virus evolves and time goes on, we are likely to see more re-infections of the coronavirus. Here’s how it can work. (Catherine J. Wu / The Atlantic)
The coronavirus spreads easily in gyms when people do not wear masks
A new CDC report this week looks at COVID-19 outbreaks related to gyms. They found that indoor fitness activities that did not require people to wear masks allowed the virus to spread easily. (Amina Khan /The Los Angeles Times)
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, supported by an independent FDA committee
A shot of the vaccine received a unanimous green light from the FDA commission on Friday. The meeting came after an FDA report released earlier this week confirmed Johnson and Johnson’s findings on their vaccine. (Nicole Wetsman / On the edge)
A modern ready-to-test version of the COVID-19 vaccine, aimed at an alarming variant
Moderna is preparing to test a version of their vaccine that targets a specific strain of the virus. The company’s existing vaccine is not working well against this option, so they are developing a new version. (Damian Garde and Matthew Herper / STATISTICS)
The growing evidence that COVID-19 vaccines can reduce transmission is explained
When testing vaccines, companies looked to see if vaccines could prevent people from getting sick. And all permitted vaccines do a great job of keeping people out of the hospital alive. But large clinical trials are not designed to look at how well they can prevent people from transmitting the disease from one person to another. This is a big question and one that researchers (and everyone else) are eager to uncover. Kelsey Piper / Vox)
In every volunteer opportunity I have ever participated in, you made friends in the camp, you made quick alliances. To do this the day when you didn’t even know who was vaccinated and who wasn’t, you felt aggressive and dangerous. Even keeping the door open for the person behind you in the orientation tour can break the required distance. I couldn’t discreetly mutter to my friend from the shift about who was trying to slow down and who was about to get out of control.
– Irene Carmon writes about her experience as a COVID vaccine disposal site in Brooklyn for Intelligent.
More than numbers
For more than 113,507,393 people around the world who have passed positive tests, let your path to recovery be smooth.
For the families and friends of the 2,519,257 people who died worldwide – 510,467 of those in the United States – your loved ones are not forgotten.
Be safe, everyone.