We are now over a year and a half into the pandemic for Covid-19, and vaccines have been available to everyone in America (teenage and above) since February, yet barely half of the eligible US population has received a vaccine shot. Because of this, we are still in the midst of the pandemic and many lives are being lost, mostly those who are unvaccinated.
You would think that American citizens would be really eager to get this pandemic over with. After all, Covid-19 has to date killed over 700,000 people and affected the lives of everyone. We are required to wear masks at public places, unable to work in offices and live every day knowing we could be susceptible to getting the virus.
Do the right thing
Let me be clear, I hate wearing a mask, dislike getting vaccines and vaccine boosters, and don’t necessarily like the idea of socially distancing.
If we had a vaccination rate of around 80% we could say goodbye to Covid for good. Herd immunity would have been achieved and the vaccine would have no more host to infect. We could get back to our lives prior to the pandemic, ditch the mask, and party like it’s 2019. Why are we not at this point? I mean, science has proven the vaccines to be safe and effective, the vaccines are free and readily available.
Why is it almost half of the US population won’t get the vaccine so we can end this shit? Well, a lot of people say it is going against their “Freedoms as Americans” and they won’t get the vaccine. These anti-vaxxers believe that they don’t like being told what to do. If they were true Americans, they would think of others and not just themselves.
It has been proven via studies that wearing a mask and getting the vaccine are the best ways we can end the coronavirus and get back to normal. Sounds easy enough right? Americans look out for other Americans after all, or so I thought.
The former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, gave a great speech recently about how Americans would have had no problem during World War II to ban together and do whatever it takes to end something as terrible and a Global pandemic that has so far killed 750,000 + people in the US alone as I write this.
Athletes and celebrities are not role models
There are some famous athletes like Kyrie Irving who plays in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets who refuse to get the vaccine. He is not allowed to play this year until he does get the vaccine. There are also many others who have quit their jobs due to vaccine mandates and the reasons they do so are quite pitiful.
Some of their excuses are that they don’t know what is in the vaccine, the vaccine might actually harm them instead of preventing Covid, it’s their choice to remain unvaccinated and they don’t want what is forced upon them by the current administration.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers QB, told the media, fans, and teammates that he was vaccinated, and then later came down with Covid and admitted he wasn’t vaccinated after all. He was dishonest and could have played the whole season had he not come down with Covid.
We are all just a small part of a larger universe and we should be looking out for one another as fellow Americans and human beings. My parents raised me to always think of others and I attended Elon University and one of the most important things I learned at college is to think for myself and also to think of others and not just myself or people that look like me or share my same beliefs and politics.
The unvarnished truth is the people who refuse to get vaccinated and/or wear a mask are simply thinking only about themselves and not others and they are the reason this pandemic is not close to ending and have divided America into those who are part of the problem, and those who are part of the solution.
I am proud to be part of the solution!
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