My COVID-19 vaccine story: Calvin Gerald-Kornmann

As a member of the Black community, Calvin Gerald-Kornmann says he was initially hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

He had questions about the immediate and long-term effects of the vaccine.

After a family member, who works in health care, contracted COVID-19 and battled symptoms for four months, Calvin’s perspective changed and his hesitancy declined.

“It was a no brainer at that point for me to go ahead and get the vaccine,” Calvin said. “I did the research and spoke with my doctor. It was the best logical thing to do to protect myself as well as anybody else around me.”

After a year of following stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, Calvin was ready to return to a sense of normalcy.

Like many around the world, Calvin’s life changed in an instant when the pandemic hit. He could no longer see friends or family and his passion to travel came to a halt. On top of that, he moved and started a new job in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Part of the appeal of taking a new job was the idea of exploring a new city, but COVID-19 restrictions made it difficult to get out and about. His new normal consisted of working remotely and staying home with his three dogs.

After his year-long experience, Calvin credits the vaccine for being the light at the end of the tunnel — one that has given him renewed hope for the future.

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