McMinville man gets COVID vaccine after going nearly 20 years without a vaccine

So what changed after the better part of 20 years going without a vaccine?
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 11:39 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Daniel Roberts is a 29-year-old from McMinville, and hasn’t had a vaccine since elementary school. That changed back in March when Daniel looked at the COVID-19 data, increasing numbers, and the high rate of effectiveness that the vaccine has.

He went to his local Walmart and got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and said he only experienced aches, headaches, and chills for less than a day and then felt fine.

So what changed after the better part of 20 years going without a vaccine?

David says growing up, his family was never anti-vaccine but never felt the need to get them and neither did he. David recalls a particular hesitation being centered around vaccines being linked to autism, in a video he says was seen in 1998. Since then, he has formed his own opinions, and now says he is “pro-vaccines”.

When looking into the risks and possible side effects, David said “It’s worth it and I’d rather go though that than being put on a ventilator”.

Doctor David Aronoff with Vanderbilt University Medical Center says the best way to help people anxious of getting the vaccine is to first just listen, and answer the questions in the best way they can.

Even though the rest of his family may not feel the same as Daniel on vaccines quite yet, he says his family never was against him getting the shot.

The McMinville resident hopes that his story will help persuade others to do their own research on the effectiveness of vaccines, look at how they’ve worked historically, and come to their own conclusion. Daniel now feels like he’s doing his part in preventing another surge in COVID cases from happening, with the hopes of getting life back to what it once was back in 2019.

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