It is your choice, but your choice is affecting the rest of us. And beyond that, your choice is impacting the economy, and how people live… and die.
COVID/19 is spreading. New Covid-19 variants, combined with vaccine reluctance have spurred large increases in U.S. case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths.
That sounds like a news report from April/2020. But make no mistake – we are in the third quarter of 2021, at the supposed-end of a pandemic that has Killed 611,000 Americans and four million+ worldwide. The pandemic has crippled economies and altered lives in myriad ways. And it continues.
Like seemingly every other issue, vaccinations have been politicized and morphed into fake-news, conspiracy theories, and political theatre.
There are computer chips in the vaccine — Seriously? Why would Bill Gates want to know my whereabouts? And if you honestly do not want to be tracked, throw away your cell phone.
The vaccine “was rushed” — Really? After hundreds of millions of vaccinations, how many negative effects have been found compared to the documented impact of having COVID? I chose a sore arm over a double-lung transplant or death.
Weren’t we talking about getting back to work, back to family, back to normal?
It appears that may never happen. Vaccination rates are lagging for Americans under 50, for Black Americans, for Republicans, and for people without a college degree. Why is that?
My 13-year-old granddaughter got vaccinated. Donald Trump got vaccinated. Just sayin.’
While we keep hearing, “it’s my choice,” it begs the question why do people risk long-term health problems or death, or infecting someone more vulnerable, when there is an easy fix? When did people quit caring about their fellow humans?
Virus deaths are now avoidable, but people are still dying, and the numbers are going back up. Of those dying, 99 percent are unvaccinated. So, vaccines work, and they are available for free, often without appointment,
to any American adult who wants one. People in many countries do not have that option. Yet we choose to risk our lives and the lives of others.
And know this – the longer this virus is allowed to spread, the more it mutates. What happens when it mutates to something we cannot stop? Recent polls show that more than 60 percent of the unvaccinated plan to remain unvaccinated. Really?
We have all heard the cautionary tales: A 45-year-old mother of two, in western Missouri, opted not to vaccinate, fearing side effects because her mother felt ill after taking a shot. She was hospitalized with COVID on May 13 and died June 9.
Now, her family is saying “Please take this seriously. You don’t want to see a family member you love go through this.”
That is sad because a life was lost, and it was so avoidable. But it is sadder that it changes no one’s behavior. Because in 2021, facts do not matter, science is irrelevant, and pleas like that get ignored. She obviously ignored the cautionary tales she heard.
Consider her story, please – she tragically, and needlessly, left two children motherless.
Mac’s sister runs a local, free health clinic and announced in a Facebook post that the county health department would offer vaccine access at her clinic.
Within a day, she got more than a dozen negative, some almost threatening, responses to her post.
Folks, this is a small-town, volunteer clinic that provides care, to those that need it, for free, and she was just trying to offer a service to keep people alive. Why don’t you want that? And why do you feel compelled to condemn her efforts? If you are in Arkansas or Wyoming, where do you find the time to know, or care, that she is offering vaccines in Coldwater, MI?
Republican Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia netted it out a week ago, stating that anyone who has chosen not to be vaccinated has entered “the death lottery.”
We should be getting back to normal; your dying is delaying that process.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
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