To Vax or not to Vax
CRANKY OPINION FRIDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with no expertise or credibility in the topic opined. Dissenting opinions are welcome, but they are wrong. As always, I ask for no name-calling in comments, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
Yes, that is the question.
As one who leans right of the conventional wisdom to just do as you are damn told because smart people always know best, to me it was in fact a question. To many people it is not a question. Science says get the vaccine. If you pause and think first then you are a moronic Neanderthal who deserves to be culled from the herd. You are particularly despised because you threaten the herd. So, join the herd or be shunned.
After thinking about it, I decided to get the shot…actually both shots. If you ask for my uneducated opinion I would say “Get the shot.” But then I am a moronic Neanderthal who actually questioned the decision. Not for very long, but I did question the decision.
For a while, getting the shot was difficult. Demand far exceeded supply. People bragged about getting it like they boasted about having toilet paper back in April 2020.
The big question today, now that it is no longer difficult to get the shot, is when will we reach herd immunity? I hear it will take 70% of the country to achieve herd immunity and everyone who balks at the shot puts that goal in jeopardy.
My question is, “what herd?”
This is a world-wide pandemic. If the USA reaches 70% vaccinated and the rest of the world is at 5% (which it currently is not even 5%) then have we really reached herd immunity? And if we don’t reach herd immunity until the rest of the world catches up, then what is the big deal if some knuckle-dragging backwards thinking moron in Podunk, NJ does not get the shot? (Sarcasm font inserted where appropriate)
Almost 50% of the country has been vaccinated. Probably 85% of the most vulnerable have been vaccinated. We have herd immunity; it is up to others to decide whether or not to join the herd.
Look, this thing is scary, in the beginning it was EXTRA scary. We now know a bit more about how to get Covid, or not get Covid. Doctors know better how to treat Covid. We know that outside is safer than indoors. We know that crowds of people in your face singing or yelling (bars) is not very safe. We know that masks don’t hurt. We know that gloves don’t help.
This country is great because people have always questioned herd mentality. Perhaps some are equating herd mentality with herd immunity. Most will eventually discern the difference.
Anyway, I got the shot. My wife got the shot. Everyone on my bowling team got the shot. Everyone in my family got or is getting the shot. Everyone I know is getting or has gotten the shot. My herd has or will have immunity. We are not all in this together.
I recommend everyone join the herd.
For now, instead of worrying about the 30% of our country who are hesitant to join the herd, we, as a country should be doing all we can to help other parts of the world get access to the vaccine and therapeutics. We give other countries billions of dollars every year and many of those countries hate us. They probably still hate us because the money goes only into pockets of the powerful. If we help other countries join the world-wide “HERD” it might actually buy us some legitimate goodwill, along with making us all more safe.
That would be a good thing.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky!