COVID cases are surging, and hospitals are reaching capacity. This has led many to ask why there is so much resistance to having a vaccination that might have kept us out of the situation now facing the nation. I believe that the COVID vaccine is a remarkable, life-saving achievement. While we will doubtless learn more about the vaccine over time, and while more complications may yet emerge, I have still encouraged friends, family members, patients and readers to be vaccinated. I believe the benefits outweigh the risks. However, as a physician, I frequently have patients who do not necessarily follow my advice. And I still have to care for them, and (as a Christian) treat them with love and respect.