A Sincere Supporter of Vaccinations writes a list of views for his position on his Facebook page. His words make me feel uncomfortable. Here is why…
A sincere supporter of vaccinations wrote this message to his Facebook Friends. He said he copied the text with a few adjustments and readers can too.
I accepted his invitation and added a commentary. I assume many share his view. I made on his Facebook page a quick Comment in need of tweaking. I added more for this blog addressed to all of us.
FROM A PRO-VACCINE SUPPORTER
I’m vaccinated and, no, I don’t know what’s in it – neither this vaccine, the ones I had as a child, nor in the Big Mac, or hot dogs I used to eat, or in other treatments…whether it’s for cancer, AIDS, the one for polyarthritis, or vaccines for infants or children. I trust my doctor when she says it’s needed.
I also don’t know what’s in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other meds, they just cure my headaches & my pains …
I don’t know what’s in the ink for tattoos, vaping, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or even deodorants. I don’t know the long-term effect of cell phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean foods and washed their hands.
In short …
There’s a lot of things I don’t know and never will…
I just know one thing: life is short, very short, and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and find a little feeling of life “before”.
As a child and as an adult I’ve been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chickenpox, and quite a few others; my parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of said diseases … just saying.
I’m vaccinated, not to please the government but:
* To not die from Covid-19.
* To NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.
* To hug my loved ones
* To Not have to do PCR or antigenic tests to go out dancing, go to a restaurant, go on holidays and many more things to come …
* To live my life and enjoy loved ones.
* To have more pillow fights with my kids, many more
* For Covid-19 to be an old memory.
* To protect us.
Many sweet souls were lost to COVID last year.
I am doing my part to stop the spread.
I hope you’ll join me.
Text copied (with a few adjustments), you can too.
You have written a lengthy list of reasons why the Covid-19 vaccination. Many will endorse your words. It makes me feel uncomfortable. We also need to understand the concerns of those who decline a vaccination or feel unable to have the vaccination. We cannot rely upon a vaccination by itself to stop the spread of such a contagious virus. Here are some concerns addressed to all of us, whether we have had the vaccination or not, which we can promote on various platforms and in public conversations.
What are other steps we need to take besides a vaccination to reduce the spread of this contagious virus?
Can we campaign for a massive change in the food industry for permitting the sales of processed food, junk food, food with addictive substances? Such a diet contributes to excessive kilos, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, weakening of the immune system and a painful death. 40% of the population depend on processed food, especially among the poor.
Can we wear a top-quality face mask when near others, promote a truly healthy diet, strengthen the immune system, reduce flying, stop mixing in crowded venues, support those in need and campaign for change?
Can we compile a list of concerns about the narcissistic self-interest of rich nations and poor nations with nationalistic leaders?
Can we criticise the vaccination industry which clings to its patents to make $billions out of people’s suffering?
Can we criticise the corruption among politicians for enabling their friends in the private sector to make a fortune out of the pandemic?
Can we criticise the vaccination industry which refuses to share its knowledge and profits to serve people worldwide?
Can we criticise rich governments who hoard millions upon millions of vaccines and give so little to the world’s poor?
Can we express our concerns for people with cancer, heart disease or terrible daily pain waiting months to see a specialist, let alone get treatment?
Despite two jabs, we can still get infected and still spread the virus, especially the highly contagious Delta variant, without knowing it. We face a gradual reduction in the space of several months of the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Some unvaccinated healthy people who have had Covid prefer to rely upon the anti-bodies developed as a result. Many doctors say the anti-bodies from the jab are stronger. Debates on countless aspects of Covid and overwhelming reliance on a jab will continue long into the future.
Criticism serves as one of the steps toward action to reduce suffering and save lives.
This is a global pandemic. Billions of people on this Earth do not have our privilege to choose a vaccine or not.
Science cannot exist independent of politics, economics, medicine, health, social sciences and the global environment. It is not possible for science to have an independent self-existence without interpretation and application of the science by non-scientists, who are the policy makers.
There is a place for debate, for discussion between the pro-jabbers and anti-jabbers. The debate need not get in the way of addressing global issues causing suffering.
We need to remember compassion is as global as the pandemic.