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Vaccinated. At last!

Photo: Marcelo Schneider/WCC

By Marc Blessing

I pull down my sleeve and send a photo of the vaccination certificate to our family WhatsApp group. Proud and happy. The friendly doctor who gave me the vaccination on Monday at Palexpo, Geneva, said confidently: Covid is no longer a problem.

Looking at her questioningly she specifies: We now have enough vaccines – and we also know how to treat Covid at the hospital.

Man – I think – that sounds somehow different from what we learn from the news. Does she just want to calm me down or spread a good mood – or is she serious?

Happy and relieved, I set off on my way home.

The fever comes in the night.

And chills.

And headaches.

And hot and cold shivers.

“Men are daisies,“ my wife mocks the next morning and puts a cup of tea by my bed.

And paracetamol 2×500 mg.

I can hardly move and I am in a bad mood.

Shouldn’t I have gotten the vaccine after all?

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Don’t you get shaky knees and fickle thoughts just because of that little fever! – I think by myself.

I don’t take the vaccines primarily for myself but in order to not endanger others – especially in my job with the many contacts and visits to the hospital and the elderly. So out of love. And so that we can finally put the freedom-restricting virus in its place from a global perspective.

But this vaccination is not entirely selfless either: I don’t want to catch a mutation anymore either.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear – fear it is not a good counselor. ….but of power and love and a sound of mind. Love may be a little blind at times, or at least not always accessible to reason. But love is orientated towards the other. Love acts selflessly. And that’s so important right now.

And a sound of mind: test everything and keep what is good.

The good thing is that the side effects disappeared after a few days and the immune system has signaled: I am working. The good thing is that the 45-65 year olds are already being vaccinated here in Switzerland – and we are slowly but steadily approaching the famous herd immunity. The good thing is that even those who do not want to be vaccinated benefit from the willingness of others to vaccinate. Without any side effects.

In other words, I’m ready for the second dose. Because there is no fear in love.

Source: World Council of Churches

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