I am as stubborn as they come, but I am fully vaccinated. Why, you ask? Because I believe that while I have every right to take chances with my own life, I have absolutely NO RIGHT to put others in danger. It’s called ‘having a social conscience.’ It’s called ‘caring about others.’ It’s called ‘doing the right thing.’
I am appalled by those who have cited every excuse in the book for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID. This pandemic has killed over 4 million people around the world … 623,029 in the United States, as of this writing, though by the time you are reading it, the number will be even higher. And WE … You and I … have the key to stopping it in our hands. If we fail to use that key, then we are complicit in those deaths.
The excuses are myriad and utterly without merit … in other words, the excuses are the epitome of stupidity. Here are just a few (along with my non-scientific, sometimes snide rebuttals in blue):
- We don’t know what the long-term side effects are. (So? We DO know what the long-term effects of the coronavirus are … one of which is death!)
- The vaccine might hurt my fertility. (So??? The world is already over-populated and with climate change, food and water resources are getting scarcer by the day … you don’t need any more kids!)
- It’s none of your business if I don’t get vaccinated. (Oh hold on just a second there, madame! It is the business of every single person on this planet! We are, in case you haven’t noticed, all in this together! Wake up and smell the f*cking coffee!)
- I’m young and healthy, so I don’t need to get vaccinated. (Ha ha ha ha ha ha … first, ask some of the young people who are still suffering symptoms months after getting COVID. Second, you can still transmit it to others … do you have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers??? Why not think of somebody besides yourself just for once?)
- These vaccines only have emergency use authorization, not full FDA approval. (Yeah, and your point is? Do you realize how long full FDA approval takes? Do you see the drop in cases since the vaccine has been widely accepted? )
- I don’t want to get Covid-19 from the vaccine. (Oh for Pete’s sake … you cannot get COVID from the vaccine! None of them contain so much as a smidge of the actual virus!)
- My faith will protect me, so I don’t need to get vaccinated. (My jaw drops on this one. A lot of the 3,000+ people who died in the planes, in the World Trade Center, and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001, had faith even stronger than yours and it did not protect them. Faith is a state of mind, it will not protect you from real world situations. How ‘bout you take my hand and let me lead you to that nice doctor over there who can ‘splain this to you better than I can?)
- I might not be able to afford a vaccine. (It’s free, stupid. The government is footing the bill on this one, for they want you to stay alive, though I have no idea why!)
And those are just the relatively sane excuses! Others run along the lines of conspiracy theories such as Bill Gates has arranged to implant some sort of microchip into your body via the vaccine, or it’s a government plot to turn your brain into spinach soufflé. (Note to readers … anybody who believes the conspiracy theories brain is already spinach soufflé or oatmeal … not sure which)
The propaganda network, Fox “News”, has played a large role in instigating the anti-vaccine movement and in my book, some of the deaths we are seeing today are on their hands. Not only the brainless Tucker Carlson, but other Fox ‘hosts’ have denigrated the vaccine, urged their not-so-bright viewers to ‘resist’ the call to be vaccinated … this despite the fact that Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox, was vaccinated last December! YO RUPERT … find your conscience … I think I saw it standing outside your broker’s office on Wall Street!
The US averaged about 19,455 coronavirus cases over the last seven days, a 47% increase over the previous week. Fully a third of those are coming from five hot spots: Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Nevada, all states with low vaccination rates.
Generally speaking, I would argue that what goes into my body is my choice. However, I make my choices based on a myriad of informed sources, I respect scientific data, and I understand that sometimes we must make decisions without having perfect information. With that said, I could see no alternative other than to become vaccinated. But, until the rest of the nation opens their eyes, this nation will continue to see new cases, new variants, new protective mandates, and yes, new deaths. Those who continue to hold out, who continue to argue and engage in conspiracy theories that don’t even make sense, will keep this nation under COVID’s thumb.