January 18, 2021
New Year, New Nothing
- An abundant number of people are loudly proclaiming their right not to face the needle.
- There will be a minimal number of exceptions that will need to be defined on a case-by-case basis.
How many of us have waited patiently and compliantly for the COVID-19 vaccine to finally be available for distribution? About the same number as have been wearing masks, apparently. While it is no one’s place to lecture others about what to put in their bodies, anyone is welcome to be astounded by the train of, let’s call it thought, that would lead to the choice to snub being immunized against a virus that has taken lives in the millions. In one year. Not to mention, the fact that a strain of the coronavirus has been found (new and improved!) that spreads more quickly and easily.
Nevertheless, an abundant number of people are loudly proclaiming their right not to face the needle. But why? Let us remember that most of these conscientious objectors have been vaccinated in the past for various and sundry nuisances such as Polio, Smallpox, and Rubella. So, what is so alarming about the COVID vaccine in particular?
Is it because the battle over whether it is in fact real has become so heated? Or because a large number of people who had a cold or the flu at some point during the beginning of last year self-diagnosed and declared themselves now immune? Is the distrust of the medical and scientific communities really so strong? And if so, based on what?
The development of these vaccines has been transparent from the beginning. Trials have been paused for the slightest hiccups to be addressed. And in spite of the fact that millions have died from this disease, you know, the one the vaccine will prevent, a terrifying number of people in America will be choosing not to be vaccinated.
It’s hard not to entertain the idea that these people feel bullet-proof because they have never experienced a deadly pandemic. They’ve lived their lives without fear of ghastly, life-threatening diseases. And why is that, again? Because they were vaccinated. Against Polio, Smallpox, and Tetanus to name only a few. Many of us have grown up with no real fear of contracting a deadly illness, and it shows. Unfortunately, it doesn’t shine forth as appreciation. Unfortunately, connections are not being made between that heretofore reasonable lack of fear, and the precautions our parents took for us.
Are there valid reasons not to be vaccinated? Absolutely. But they are not going to apply en masse. There will be a minimal number of exceptions that will need to be defined on a case-by-case basis. Many people are concerned for various reasons. Should those reasons be discussed with a doctor so that an informed decision can be made? But, of course. Should hearsay thrice removed or a shady video from www.batsh?!tcray.whatever influence anyone’s decision? If you don’t already know the answer to that, nothing written here will help you.