Coronavirus vaccines are necessary, but should not be mandated

Vaccines play an important role in ensuring the safety of individuals and groups, but when they are mandated resistance is created.

The coronavirus has caused many personal and professional inconveniences, which have altered the way of life for millions of people globally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported approximately 359 million positive coronavirus cases and 5.62 million coronavirus-related deaths worldwide. The multitude of severity caused by this virus required a solution that would ensure the long-term safety of as many people as possible.

There are many people who are at a higher risk of death due to their preexisting chronic conditions like diabetes, coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathies. People who are impacted by these conditions must remain extra vigilant when going into large crowds, stay informed on new coronavirus variants, ensure they have a mask, receive all vaccines and test themselves regularly.

People should get the vaccine to protect themselves and others from contracting a virus that has negatively impacted the lives of so many people. There are various brands of the vaccine that are accessible and now everyone is eligible to receive a booster. Also, many churches, schools and recreational centers have been converted into places to receive testing and vaccine shots.

Many people refuse to take the vaccine, because of the mandate that was placed on them. There is a lot of resentment towards taking the vaccine out of fear of the long-term side effects and the forceful nature of the mandate. People have the right to decide what they put in their body, but they must be aware of the impact their decision will have on the people around them.

Vaccines are effective and have aided in protecting the lives of so many, but mandating that people receive the vaccine does more harm than good.