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December 18, 2020

12 Reasons Why I got the Shot.

Recently, we published the below article by a nurse, and Native American, publicly getting the vaccine. 

One comment complained that the implication was that if you care about others, you’ll get the shot.

So I wanted to clarify: we’re not implying.

We’re stating it. If you care about others, you’ll get the shot.

It’s okay to have room for clarity in this twitterified, anything-goes fake news world.

Here’s why Cali Wolf—a Native American, nurse, and breastfeeding mother—got the vaccine, today. This article—poem—mini-manifesto—is important. Please share sanity. ~ Waylon, editor


I did it for my family.
I did it for my immunocompromised patients.
I did it so I don’t have to see another person lose both their parents to the same virus.

I did it so I don’t have to see another 20 year old on life support.
I did it so I don’t have to tell another patient’s daughter that she can’t be with her mom who is having a heart attack due to COVID visitor restrictions.
I did it so no one will have to die alone without their family at their bedside.
I did it for myself, because while I’m a young and healthy individual, this virus doesn’t care.

I did it because 300,000 Americans have died.
I did it so small businesses can survive. So our economies can reopen. So we can have play dates and wine dates and hug strangers.
I did it because the studies show it is safe and effective.
I did it alongside many of my colleagues and coworkers—nurses, doctors, pharmacists, respiratory therapists— all of whom believe in science.

I did it as a breastfeeding mother because there’s no theoretical risk of harm to my nursing toddler.

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Editor: Waylon Lewis