Friends, I'm torn. On one hand, I'm vaccinated. I didn't hesitate to get vaccinated, because it seems to me that a lot of the widespread myths about the coronavirus vaccines are nonsense. "Gene therapy"... Yeah, right! A vaccine just trains your body to be ready to fight off an infection. It doesn't alter your DNA. It alters your immune system. Sometimes people have reactions to vaccines, it's true. In almost all cases, those reactions are mild or insignificant. In a handful, they're bad. Overall, vaccines are one of the main reasons why we live, or tend to live, to ripe old ages nowadays, instead of dying at 30, like our ancestors. Personally, I'm a-okay with getting vaccinated. And I did get vaccinated. I'm still here...
On the other hand, this is a free country, right? We keep saying that, so it must be true, or at least semi-true. Millions of my fellow Americans don't feel comfortable getting vaccinated for COVID-19. The development and testing of these vaccines was abbreviated. Many people don't believe that the disease poses much risk to them. Others resent the social and even legal pressure that's being placed on people to get the vaccine. Fair enough. To each his own. Yes, everyone who refuses to get vaccinated makes it harder for society to reach herd immunity, but, if the vaccine works and doesn't tend to kill people, over time those doubts ought to recede, and more and more people will "get the jab". So be it.
Here's a poll that reveals who it is that's refusing to undergo vaccination. It's an interesting list. We're told that Republicans are the problem. Well, Republicans are among the most vaccine-hesitant, but interestingly more women than men are too. Aren't women supposed to be smarter than men? They're certainly more mask-compliant and COVID-wary, in general. Maybe women are just good at being scared of things, including vaccines? Could be. Note that single women, who are supposed to be among the wokest among us, are also among the least likely to get vaccinated. Curious. Note also that the poor are particularly reluctant. There are some key Democratic constituencies on this list! To make a long story short, lots of people don't want the jab, and for lots of reasons. I guess that's the equivalent of saying that human beings are a complicated bunch, and, personally, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I hope, at the end of the day, that most people decide to get the vaccine, and that COVID goes belly up, but let's get there the right way, shall we? Let's give Americans a choice.