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Something I never thought of as a potential benefit of vaccination

An excellent (as always) article in Stat argues that one of the many benefits of vaccinating against the virus that causes COVID-19 is that vaccinated volunteers (so long as they’d been cleared of the possibility of transmitting infection) could very likely serve as “volunteers to support patients and be a conduit for their families, to help them through the worst days — sometimes the last days — of their lives.”

As the author points out about COVID-19 patients in hospitals: “Behind each closed door is a patient: breathless, exhausted, often confused, perhaps scared, always alone. Behind each patient is a family, also confused and scared, and unable to visit their loved one. This heartbreaking scenario is replicated behind countless closed doors in almost every hospital across the country.

Heartbreaking, truly.