Carol Murray was a Master's level psychologist that worked part time here at Labette Center in the early 90s. She now works in the Kansas City area for a research firm. She sent the following to me as a reply to a post I had shared on my Facebook page regarding Covid-19 vaccinations. For those of you who remain hesitant about the vaccines because of a sense they were "rushed," I hope you read her message.
"Matt- I don’t know who needs to hear this but I worked on the Start-up team for 2 of the 4 vaccine studies and I can vouch that what was fast tracked was the paperwork to get all of the necessary applications and approvals done in order to start the Phase 3 studies. The science has been around for decades, but our CRO and other agencies shaved months off of the application and approval process by dedicating extra manpower to the Start-up part of the vaccine studies. A total of 60,000 participants were in those 2 trials alone. I know of no other medication or treatment that has had samples that large. At this point 2 billion doses have been given worldwide. The real-world data shows vaccines are effective. I hope people will reconsider and get vaccinated. What was rushed was the paperwork. The science has always been there."
Today's Joplin Globe newspaper quotes the president of Mercy Hosptial Joplin as saying: "Unfortunately we have surpassed our highest COVID IP (inpatient) census mark set last November." We live close to one of the hottest "hotspots" for new Covid cases in the entire country. Cases in Labette County are beginning to rise. The available vaccines are fantastically effective at keeping people out of the hospital, and from dying, from Covid.
For those without a medical reason to avoid vaccination, I urge any of you that are not yet vaccinated to become so as soon as possible.
Take care everyone, and thanks.