You can always love your family from a distance, especially if that means decreasing the likelihood of catching or spreading a deadly disease that is still wreaking havoc across the globe. Your family will always be your family, and if they love you, they will understand why you have chosen health and safety over hugs and kisses.

Many people have chosen to forgo holiday events this year, much like last year, and that's no surprise given that only about 61% of the population is fully vaccinated. That just over half, and nowhere near what it should be. Over the past year, many of us have lost friends and loved ones, and if there is any way to keep those you love protected from the virus, staying away from them might be a big help.

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If you are still under the impression that the COVID-19 vaccine is not safe, even after over half of the population has received it and is doing just fine, I would ask that you reconsider your thinking. It isn't about being controlled by those in a position of authority. It's about saving our country. If you love America, you are being a patriot and saving those around you from what could be disastrous, just by becoming vaccinated. It's very simple. It doesn't take much time. It doesn't hurt. The side effects don't include special superpowers, government trackers, or growing a third leg. You may have some minor aches and pains, but most of us were right as rain after a few days.

Please, give your family potentially more years of your life, give the general public less to worry about, and get yourself vaccinated. You're a big kid. You can do it. Science has shown that it is safe and effective. Science is your friend, I promise.

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.