A vaccine here… Its announcement was a joyous occasion for many throughout the United States and the world, as they finally had something that might at least combat the fear of being infected by the deadly and widespread coronavirus disease.

But does that mean you should trust it? After all, it was created in the span of only ten months. It took about ten years for the flu vaccine to be developed and released safely.

However, health professionals from all over say it works and is safe. And there is mounting pressure from the political left and the Biden Administration to make it mandatory for all Americans.

Still, it is a question that each and every person should think about, making a decision that is best for themselves and their loved ones.

Take the story of Richard Terrell of Goodland County, Virginia, for example.

Terrell is 74, and as he is clearly well-placed in the most ‘at-risk’ category, was one of the first to be able to receive the much-talked-about shot. This took place on March 6.

Four days later, Terrell reported feeling “a bit off,” according to WRIC-TV.

“I began to feel a little discomfort in my armpit and then a few days later I began to get an itchy rash, and then after that I began to swell and my skin turned red. It was stinging, burning and itching. Whenever I bent my arms or legs, like the inside of my knee, it was very painful where the skin was swollen and was rubbing against itself.”

Eventually, on March 19, his condition worsened enough that he felt the need to consult a dermatologist, who told him to get himself to an emergency room. He was immediately admitted.

The questionable rash had spread to his entire body by this time. And the hospital reported that his skin was so dry and red that it could literally be “peeled off.”

Now, I know more than a few of you out there are questioning whether or not this has anything to do with the vaccine or not. After all, doing something as simple as changing your laundry detergent can sometimes have an adverse effect on one’s skin.

And apparently, the hospital had the same kind of questions.

Dr. FNU Nutan, who specializes in dermatology at VCU Health, ran a series of tests on Terrell to determine what was causing this kind of reaction.

She said, “We ruled out all the viral infections, we ruled out COVID-19 itself, we made sure his kidneys and liver was okay, and finally we came to the conclusion that it was the vaccine that he had received that was the cause.”

And a biopsy confirmed that it was a reaction to a recently introduced drug.

Nutan further noted that had Terrell not come in when he did, it could have cost him his life. Luckily, they were able to treat the rash easily enough.

Now, I am in no way, shape, or form trying to scare you out of getting the vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, or otherwise. I’m sure you know of plenty of people who have received the vaccine already and had little to no side effects whatsoever.

And Dr. Nutan confirms that Terrell’s reaction is indeed a rare one. It’s one of those horror stories you dread hearing about, but it’s abnormal.

Nutan told WRIC-TV, “If you look at the risk for adverse reaction for the vaccine it’s really, really low. We haven’t seen a great concern at all.” And she added, “I’m a big proponent of the vaccine.”

But it explains perfectly why the vaccine should be a personal choice. Obviously, not everyone will react like this. But clearly, some will. Some may find they are allergic to it, much like some are allergic to penicillin or various other medications.

And for those individuals, the risk of taking it may be greater than the risk of not.

Of course, there are also those, however delusional they may be, that believe vaccines/shots are wrong, to begin with. This then becomes a matter of personal conviction or even religious persecution.

No one, especially the government, should be able to make you get a shot that may or may cause you greater harm or go against your beliefs. But apparently, that’s what Biden is trying to do anyway with this whole “vaccine passport” idea.

America is free only if its citizens maintain the liberty to make choices for themselves. Once the government is allowed to begin infringing on those rights, we might as well be called a totalitarian state.