January 19, 2021
Let your Privilege Run Amuck
While searching for new fun facts about COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout, scrolling across the screen came a jarring example of entitlement. Should it have occurred to me? Of course, it should have. But it didn’t, and whether or not I thought of it beforehand doesn’t make it any less revolting. On the bright side, it does feel like I failed (or would it be passed?) one of those psychopath riddles.
It seems that those with the means to own multiple residences are listing whichever residence necessary to sign up for the vaccine. So not only do they have multiple potential locations to get the vaccine increasing their odds of edging to the front of the line, but they may be traveling specifically to do so, and possibly spreading the virus as they go. Beyond the blatant socioeconomic imbalance of this, we now have the additional problem of people traveling to receive the vaccine when we should all still be eschewing travel unless it is unavoidable.
We have also, since the beginning of the pandemic, heard pleas from small cities and towns that are popular sites for vacations and second homes. These communities are not equipped to deal with an influx of people in their hospitals, which could easily be the case if just one unknowingly infected vacationer comes romping to their slopes or shores.
Access to the COVID-19 vaccine should be based on need via susceptibility and potential exposure. Exposure in this case referring to that front line workers, not those who are out meandering through bars to kill the boredom (or whomever.) Vaccination priority should not be based on how many homes one owns.