I’ve read several open letters from pro-vaxxers to those who haven’t been vaccinated with the COVID vaccine. The letters range from mild and friendly, with a tone of “Please consider getting vaccinated for the greater good of mankind and yourself,” to outright vulgar. One letter published on McSweeney’s used the f-word four times in the title alone. The author was not into compromise, or original word choice, but that piece received the most views on McSweeney’s website in 2021.
Yep, the vaxxed are really wanting the unvaxxed to join them over there in double-jab land. But here’s what I, as an unvaccinated individual, would like the vaccinated masses to know: My vaccination status should be no one’s business but mine. If the vaccines are so effective and trustworthy, then people who received two doses should not be worried about those of us who received none. My unprotected status shouldn’t interfere with their protected status.
In fact, statistics show that the unvaccinated people are less likely to contract the omicron variant of COVID-19. With the omicron variant running rampant across the US and increasing case numbers, it makes sense that certain public venues and events would be open only to unvaccinated people in order to curb the spread of the virus. So far, I haven’t heard of any nonrestrictions like this, only louder and more frequent calls for vaccination for all.
Because in keeping with this pandemic’s theme, the rules don’t make sense. Vaxxers keep pushing the vaccine, even though it’s only approved for emergency use and hasn’t been put through rigorous testing that drugs officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are before public release. Vaxxers seem to think that two jabs and boosters on a six-month schedule for the unforeseeable future will protect the world from a disease that most people survive anyway. Nurses are fired for choosing to remain unvaccinated, and those who got the shot but have a cough and/or a recent positive test are allowed to return to work.
But the vaccine is still about protecting public health and safety, you say? Vaxxer, I think your theory has a few holes in it. But this letter isn’t really intended for vaxxers, because they probably aren’t on this website.
COVID-19 is here to stay, and vaccine levels have largely stagnated across most of the country for the past few months according to USAFacts.org. Those who want to get vaccinated have received their two (or three) shots, and those who choose to remain unvaccinated probably aren’t going to change their minds, no matter how much vaxxers yell at them in public and online. In case you haven’t noticed, people don’t change their minds because of what they read on social media. Yeah. You read that right – people already form opinions, then they migrate toward those with similar opinions online.
So here’s hoping you find some measure of community and comfort in your online community, whether you’re vaxxed or unvaxxed. I know one thing for sure – I’m not going to ask your vaccination status, because it’s no one’s business but yours.