By now, you would have probably already gotten fully vaccinated against the ever-ubiquitous Covid-19 virus or at the very least, have gotten your first dose. And if you haven’t, why aren’t you doing everything in your power to do so for the sake of the vulnerable groups in our communities?
What’s that? So and so who is your cousin’s mother-in-law’s close friend told you that the vaccines are part of a larger conspiracy in the country? A larger conspiracy of what, exactly? Protecting the people of the country from this damned virus that has plagued our ranks for nearly two years? Or perhaps trying to prevent another global economic meltdown by getting everyone back on track in life? That’s not it either? What is it then?
Unfortunately, the above scenario is very real in this day and age as the “anti-vaxxers” mindset has taken root deep within our community comprising partly of bored, FB-addicted housewives, unemployed redneck gamers and conspiracy theorists, and Republican-supporting simpletons wanting to impress their Orange Man.
Millions Upon Millions Are Rejecting The Vaccines. What In The Hell Could They Be Thinking?
Let’s get to the root of the problem — uncontrolled misinformation/ignorance propagated by irresponsible parties. When you have several well-known “celebrities” spouting nonsense concerning the plandemic (according to them), along with a very impressionable audience, you’ll inevitably get a growing number of people falling prey to the notion that the pandemic is part of a larger conspiracy by the government to control the people via vaccine injections. That’s simply not true, but we digress. Take a look at uber-popular podcast host, Joe Rogan, for instance. He recently advised his young listeners to reject the Covid-19 vaccine. According to him, you should get the vaccine if you’re vulnerable, but if you’re young, you should skip it. Does that sound like sound advice to you?
Rogan’s irresponsible comments drew widespread condemnation, but his view is unsurprisingly common in America. In fact, one in four Americans says that they do not plan to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Coupled with the fact that half of Republicans under 50 are also of the same mindset, and you wonder why there is a spike in Covid-19 cases in certain areas in the country.
Now the question then, what are these vaccine-rejecting, vaccine-hesitant, and Covid-denying people thinking? As a matter of fact, most of these people aren’t actually full anti-vaxxers at all, they are just anti-covid19-vaxxers in this particular case.
One of the most commonly used reasons for vaccine rejection is that they trusted their immune system to protect them. In the event that they DO get the virus, they say they now have the antibodies needed to stave off Covid-19 after recovering. So why should they take the risk on “unproven” vaccines?
In actuality, some had already gotten the virus and recovered. They now see the vaccine as unnecessary as surviving one recorded bout with the virus (variants be damned) has given them the confidence to put their entire trust into their immune system more than a vaccine that has only been approved for emergency use. On the other hand, others were worried that the vaccines might have long-term side effects. Fair enough, but there have also been numerous studies that have shown that the short-term gain from taking the vaccine clearly outweighs the potential risks down the line.
In the same line of thinking, many people have said that they had read up on the risks of Covid-19 to people under 50 years old. They came to the astounding conclusion that the pandemic didn’t pose a threat. According to some, the chances of dying from a car accident is way higher than dying from Covid but we all still get into a car to drive every day. Yes, that is true but your driving a car on a highway and getting into an accident doesn’t really negatively affect your vulnerable grandparents (also, you can’t spread car accidents) sitting at home, does it? Oh, but that’s not the end of the debate just yet. Many others have seen the government’s actions to combat the pandemic as a perceived liberal overreach that has pushed otherwise neutral or leftwing voters to the right. They see the rights of the people being taken away, and thus, became more and more disillusioned with the Democratic government.
So What’s The Real Story Behind Anti-Vaxxers?
At its core, there are two sides to the story when it comes to yes- and no-vaxxers.
For the yes-vaxxers, they have done everything in their power to avoid getting the virus by radically changing their lifestyle ranging from isolating themselves for months from friends and family to cancelling important events such as weddings, vacations, and so on. In essence, this pro-vaccine group is hoping that their sacrifices for all these past months have not been for nought and that the vaccines were effective in curtailing the Covid-19 pandemic. On the flip side, the no-vaxxers’ have a different mindset altogether. They do not believe that the coronavirus is a threat that warrants all of these actions. And for the past 18 months or so, life has been largely the same for them. They’ve travelled, eaten in restaurants, had large gatherings indoors, gotten (or not) Covid-19 and survived, and then decided it was no big deal. Plus, they’ve survived while flouting the advice of the CDC, WHO, Anthony Fauci, and liberals — giving credence to their distrust against the mentioned parties.
And so, the no-vaxxers’ reasoning for rejecting the vaccines is the exact opposite of the yes-vaxxers. It is a reasoning motivated by a distrust of public-health authorities whom they deem as controlling and the vaccines as a risky pharmaceutical experiment, rather than a clear way back towards normalcy (which, they’ve largely lived normally anyway) — and they won’t be afraid to flaunt it in front of anyone’s faces. The voices of the ignorant are oftentimes the loudest, wouldn’t you agree?