“As a science teacher in the middle of a pandemic, you can imagine I get a lot of questions about COVID. Part of my job is being prepared for those questions. Usually when I research a topic I think might be on my students’ minds, it’s easy to find trusted reliable sources. The amount of misinformation I had to sort through this time was staggering. And it was clear from the questions posed in class that my students had been exposed to the same stuff. 

One of the most common questions I get is whether or not I will be getting the vaccine. To which I always reply, “of course I will, as soon as it’s available to me.”

It never ends there. They want to know why. “Because I want things to go back to normal, and this is our best, and only, shot at making that happen.”

They want to know about the risks.

“2% of those who contract COVID die, 0.02% of those who get the vaccine have adverse effects like allergic reactions, and NONE of them have died.”

As a science teacher, I don’t mince words when it comes to “controversial” topics. It’s not a question about whether or not you believe in climate change, evolution, or the Big Bang theory, but whether you understand them. 

I’m not sure how this became a political topic. And I’m sure my stance on this will upset some folks. But tomorrow I’ll go back to silly stories about the places I shoot. In the meantime, if you’ve got questions, talk to your doctor. I promise they’ll have more reliable information than that video you saw shared on Facebook.”