I got both Pfizer shots at the beginning of the summer. Those of us with Tricare, and who live close to Hill Air Force Base, were able to go get the Pfizer jabs at the base clinic — even us ugly Army Joes. I’ve never been much bothered by vaccines mostly because the military doesn’t give you a choice, and when they say it’s time to get stuck, you go get stuck. Back in May I was eager to not have a mask on my face for duty, and I trust the medicinal foundation for vaccinations because it’s a solid foundation built on many decades of research, tests, and the hundreds of millions of people who’ve avoided disease as a result.
That last is the most important part in my book. A thing is true when it’s been proven true across hundreds of millions of cases. Most of us will never have to suffer illnesses which were commonplace 100 years ago, thanks to the vaccines we get as infants, and the boosters we receive up through adolescence. Army (in my case) goes the extra mile, and there have been some instances when I had to suffer as a result. Three days after departing AIT the Army shot me up again, and by the time I was back home in Seattle I was sick as a dog. Stayed sick as a dog for over two weeks. Miserable sick. The kind of fever and sore throat combination I’ve seldom experienced.
But even that ordeal doesn’t deter me from getting the jabs, because getting the jabs is a fairly solid insurance policy about which I’ve got few qualms. So when Pfizer shots for Covid-19 became available I hit the Hill AFB clinic as soon as could be done, and got both doses. The second of which did make me semi-sick for about 48 hours, but it wasn’t awful. I was just not feeling okay for a day or two. And then I was fine.
And that’s the experience for the overwhelming number of people who’ve gotten Covid-19 vaccines to date.
So, why are people not getting them?
More importantly: why are some people so damned adamant that people get them? To include making threats, or worse?
One of the things I’ve disliked most about Covid Panic, is how it’s brought out the authoritarian streak in a lot of individuals. To include people in positions of power. When we talk about suspending fundamental civil liberties “or else” we are going to a drastic place for the sake of something which is, by my estimation, not that drastic.
Covid-19 is not, after all, the Black Plague. We do not have millions of rotting bodies stacked in the gutters. Half the population hasn’t been piled on carts to be dumped in the nearest mass grave, then heaped with lime. It’s just not the sort of disease many have worked it up to be — complete with hysterics about that portion of the populace which isn’t eager to get jabbed with a concoction which is, after all, still fairly new. And besides which, whatever happened to bodily autonomy? Why are many of the people who wear “My body! My choice!” t-shirts to feminist rallies now the same people Tweeting about how they want unvaxxed families held down and force-vaxxed at gunpoint by paramedics and the cops??
Get a grip. Please.
Vaccines are not foolproof. They are a deterrent. They work for most, but not for all, and yes, some people do have severely adverse reactions.
No, I never believed vaccines cause autism, and I suspect those who believe vaccines do cause autism have latched on to a theory which just doesn’t have any medical evidence to support it — merely frightening anecdotal evidence which reads eerily similarly to the frightening anecdotal evidence being presented in 2021 by pro-vaxxers to shame/blame the vaccine-hesitant. “Because if you don’t get vaccinated you and everyone you love will die horribly, and you will deserve it, you morons!”
Again, get a grip.
Vaccination must be a persuasion game.
I myself don’t take much persuading because I trust the medicine on this prophylactic measure and I know it’s ensured myself and my family have avoided many of the terrible maladies which typified generations past — people who did not have the benefit of vaccines.
But I also understand that a lot of other people are not persuaded. And I am sympathetic, even if I disagree. There have been instances (cough, Tuskeegee, cough) when medical professionals and the authorities have done dreadful things to innocent people those same professionals and authorities deemed expendable. Which is an unforgiveable breach of public trust, and goes a long way toward explaining why so many people are not convinced that the vaccine is an imperative. Certainly not enough to obey the commandments of the media and state officials without turning a jaundiced eye on the matter.
So why are we so determined to make the vaccine just another front in the seemingly endless culture war which surrounds us every day, and saturates our media experience? Can people not be left alone? And how willing are you (ubiquitous) to let your fear become an excuse to suspend the rights of others? It’s easy for you to talk about force-vaxxing the masses if you don’t stand to lose your freedom. Everybody loves being a wannabe-Stasi when (s)he/xer believes (s)he/xer is going to be on the Right Side™ of the battle.
I myself would prefer it if there was no battle. Some things — like fundamental liberties — really are more important than supposed herd immunity. Especially when we’re talking about a disease which is only marginally more potent than the usual flu, which has routinely killed many, many thousands of people every winter in North America anyway. We used to just take that toll as a matter of course. It had always been with us. Despite yearly flu vaccinations which were (knock, knock) an educated guess. Not a guarantee.
I also like what Mike Rowe recently said on his Facebook page:
Every single American who wants the vaccine has had the opportunity to get it — for free. Those who have declined will not be persuaded by the likes of me. At this point, I’m afraid the government has but one course of sensible action: get the FDA on board, stat, and then, provide an honest, daily breakdown of just how quickly the virus is spreading among the unvaccinated, versus the vaccinated. No more threats, no more judgments, no more politics, no more celebrity-driven PSAs, no more ham-fisted attempts at public shaming. Just a steady flow of verifiable data that definitively proves that the vast, undeniable, overwhelming majority of people who get this disease are unvaccinated. In other words, give us the facts, admit your mistakes, try on a bit of humility, and stop treating the unvaccinated like the enemy.
That final admonishment is key. Because the unvaccinated are not the enemy. And I don’t know how we’ve arrived at a point in America where people breezily and commonly speak as if those who are hesitant about the vaccine are the enemy, need to be treated as an enemy, must be punished for being an enemy, etc. This is wholly and patently un-American. Do any of you who Tweet and post such outlandishness stop to think that this is precisely what happened to Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor? People were enemy-ized for no fault except being an ethnicity, and one of the great crimes of the 20th century occurred “for the safety” of the nation. Because we were at war, and apparently being at war justified the suspension of the fundamental rights of countless people who were deemed “dangerous and unsafe” by the same mentality currently demanding vaccine passports, and that people who can’t or won’t provide proof of vaccination be barred from restaurants, stores, public venues, medical facilities, and government offices.
Yes, you, Covid Karen, are talking and acting like the same people who put the Japanese Americans into camps.
Congratulations. That’s a very wicked road you seem to want to go down. I won’t go down it with you, even though I do believe (as Mike Rowe believes) vaccines work, and that the unvaccinated are exposing themselves to needless risk at this particular time.
So let’s to dial back the hyperbole and the commandments and the rhetoric. Too much has been inflicted on too many people already. Stop treating your fellow citizens like they are subhuman scum who need to be locked up or locked out or locked down, and realize that the more you command and threaten them, the less persuasive you become. And the more you undermine the very cause you claim to be championing.