Why get vaccinated now? The new COVID Conversations video series from Public Health—Seattle & King County features local residents having open, unscripted conversations about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and getting the vaccine.
In the videos, community members share with their siblings, friends, and coworkers how they felt when they learned the vaccine was available. They talk about what questions or concerns they had about getting vaccinated, and what they would tell their loved ones who may still be unsure.
For example, Delia from Kent tells her friends, “I have to be super honest with you. I was so scared. I did not want to get the vaccine. But when I saw my family and how ill they got, the risk of dying they faced, that’s when I said: Get the vaccine. Afraid and all, I went and got the vaccine. And now my entire family is vaccinated!”
For others, like musician Barry (aka DJ TopSpin), getting vaccinated means being able to travel and enjoy other activities with less worry about getting sick.
Vaccines are available in many locations
The vaccine is available to everyone age 12 and older and is always free, with no insurance needed, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Transportation and childcare are available for vaccine appointments.
If you still have questions or concerns about the vaccine, see our frequently asked questions for more information, or call Public Health’s COVID call center at 206-477-3977 to speak with Public Health staff (interpretation available).
Note: All interviews were filmed between June 29 and July 16, when the King County mask Directive was lifted for vaccinated individuals and before the new local Directive and state Order for vaccinated people to wear masks indoors was announced.
Originally published Aug. 23, 2021