By Tamara Cobb

Tamara CobbI’m a community health worker at Temple.

Our mission is to help residents become more educated about COVID-19 and encourage residents to get the vaccine. Honestly, I have so many other friends of friends or family members that passed on from COVID.

Still, I was very hesitant to get the vaccine because I was just so uncertain. And my thought was like, wow, it turned around so quick! How can this be a good thing for me and even people, brown and Black people? How will this affect us? So, I was a bit concerned early on. After I’d done some reading about the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, I came to the conclusion that this would be best for me, especially working at the hospital and being in contact with people.

Learning from Fear

I chose to get the vaccine because of a little bit of fear. I had the fear that it could be me infected. Some people have gotten through it, but as you know, a lot of people didn’t make it after having COVID-19. So, I was concerned about my life, how if I were to get COVID-19, how it would affect my family. So, it was a long, thought-out process, and like I said, fear of personally getting it.

I think Black and brown people have to have concrete information. I just do my best to try to give them as much education about it as possible.

It’s not just about saving yourself. It’s about saving your loved ones. It’s saving the people that you come in contact with at work or your community. I understand the skepticism from people who have been hurt in our communities. But I urge people to get the vaccine. Because to me, at this point, it’s life or death. And I choose life.