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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Final Thought: Shame on vaccination shamers

Quit needling people into getting the jab.

Are these coronavirus vaccines worth a shot?

That’s a question millions of Americans were forced to answer last spring when several biopharmaceutical companies rolled out vaccinations. 

For myself, the answer was obvious. Being an obese man, I became alarmed last March when a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report revealed that 78 percent of people who were hospitalized, needed a ventilator, or died from Covid-19 were overweight. 

To me, the minor risk of vaccine side effects paled in comparison to a lengthy hospital stay or premature death. 

However, I realize this is a very personal choice. Some might have legitimate reasons why they are hesitant to take the vaccine. I don’t believe in lecturing or ridiculing anyone for their decision.

Vaccine shamers have a different opinion. Their shots must have come with 1,000 milligrams of self-righteousness because they decided to make a temporary career out of pro-vaccine activism and shame the unvaccinated. Shaming is a worthless and ineffective strategy. Yet, they feel shaming is justified because they’ve convinced themselves that a personal decision on whether to become vaccinated is a referendum on someone’s character. 

I’ve heard and read the insults being hurled. 

“You’re self-important and don’t care about others.”

“You are selfish to think that your freedoms and liberties supersede public safety.” 

“You are stupid and gullible to believe all this disinformation.”

Name-calling will do very little to change the minds of people targeted as coronavirus rulebreakers. Pointing fingers and casting blame will only cause people to dig their heels in and make them more distrustful. Painting them as heartless, evil creatures will make them less likely to listen to real-world data on the minimal risks and considerable benefits of vaccines. 

It’s time to tone down the rhetoric, vaccine shamers. At the end of the day, everyone has the God-given right to weigh the risks and rewards of becoming vaccinated and ultimately make the decision for themselves. And let’s not automatically assume they’re not doing their part to prevent coronavirus. While you anoint vaccines as the holy grail, they might see homeopathic medicines, Vitamin C IV therapy, zinc, Vitamin D, and lots of sunshine as superior options. 

Yes, I got the vaccine. I wish others would. But I won’t judge those who didn’t. 

After all, an unvaccinated citizen is far less troubling than a society that shames people into thinking their integrity and love for humanity is based on whether they received a shot.  

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