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Refuseniks

I’m about to say something controversial and there are probably lurkers who aren’t going to like it very much. Here goes:

If you are refusing to take the Covid vaccine for any other reason than your doctor told you it could cause fatal anaphylaxis or you have some other legit medical excuse (there are very few), I’m just telling you up front that I’m not interested in your reasoning anymore.

There are pediatricians out there who are trying to coach us on how to listen attentively to why these people either fear the vaccine or just flat out don’t think Covid will ever affect them. These doctors want us to be sensitive to refuseniks and not bombard them with information.

They’ve got a point about information. The hesitancy to get the vaccine is irrational and emotional at the bottom of it whether it’s based on fear or political identity. The science is out there. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand it if you’re really motivated to know how a Pfizer vaccine works. But reasoning with refuseniks using information is a pointless exercise for people who cling to superstition, distrust, misinformation or politically generated oppositional defiance disorder.

And all I can say to that is f}#% that sh*#.

If you want to risk getting Covid or giving it to someone who is just patiently waiting their turn, if you can’t figure out that you could be a reservoir of a variant that could make the vaccine less effective in the future, if you buy into conspiracy theories about how the evil Democrats are trying to control you, and that you actually believe without any evidence that the vaccine will change your RNA or DNA (which is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard) you’re on your own.

At this point, you present a danger to people I care about who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet and if you get it, now it will be one of the variants that spreads like wildfire to everyone in your immediate vicinity.

But you already know this and it is no longer my responsibility to coddle you. If I were an evangelical Christian, I would be satisfied that you had gotten The Word and would check you off my list assuming that you will spend eternity in perdition. I’ve got better things to do with my time and those are precious hours, days, weeks and months that I will never get back.

It could happen that being a refusenik may cause other people to behave differently towards those people who have no proof of vaccination. They might be excluded from restaurants, movie theaters, airplanes and family events. We might assume they are being pains in the ass and have attitudes we can’t respect. It could happen that nobody takes them seriously when they blame the governor for putting people out of work by closing small businesses since getting the vaccine is the quickest way of getting back to normal. These ladies protest way too much.

We vaccinated people may be concerned that they are harboring a deadly virus that could infect the not yet vaccinated or babies born without any protective antibodies. If that’s the case, the very predictable whining and tantrum throwing about personal freedom is going to fall on a country full of people with tiny violins playing tunes without pity.

Yes, yes, we’re all deluded. We’re all sheeple. We are letting fear control us. For some mysterious, unfathomable reason, we have relied on vaccines our whole lives to train and prime our immune systems to fight polio, measles, diphtheria, rubella, typhoid and influenza. But the refusenik knows that our immune systems do not need any additional help from a vaccine to combat Covid. Because Covid is a special virus? Or refuseniks have special magical powersi in their white blood cells that the rest of us don’t have?

Who knows? I don’t. And I don’t care anymore.

The message has been delivered. It’s up to every grown up who can read to decide for themselves what to do about it.

Just stop looking for a f}#^ing audience.

4 Responses

  1. Brava, so excellently put. And the last line is devastating; it may well be that many of these people think this makes them special,and they want the attention. Once they get vaccinated, they lose whatever the status that they think refusing it, gives them. I would blame much of this on Trump, who in addition to his other crimes, turned vaccination into some kind of contest between his group and the other one, like the two roses in English history. But they are the ones who are risking everybody else, and they can’t blame it all on him. Can they just go back to not wearing shirts in restaurants for attention, or playing their boom boxes really loud?

  2. But the refusenik knows that our immune systems do not need any additional help from a vaccine to combat Covid. Because Covid is a special virus? Or refuseniks have special magical powersi in their white blood cells that the rest of us don’t have?

    I thought it was the magic pullups.

  3. Well, since TurdPress won’t let me post links or images on any of William’s threads, I’ll post this here.

    Harrumph to you, TurdPress. 😡

    Why You Can’t Understand Conservative Rhetoric

    https://weeklysift.com/2021/02/08/why-you-cant-understand-conservative-rhetoric/

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