My guess is that the readership here at YSDA is pretty diverse. Of course, if you found your way here you are an intelligent, thoughtful and discerning person by definition.
But, since I’m a center-left moderate (and still a liberal in many ways) who isn’t shy about taking on the hard-left and Democrats when I think they’ve gone astray, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve got our fair share of conservatives in these parts. So, some of you may not have gotten a COVID vaccination out of principle or because you don’t think you’ll get seriously ill even if you get COVID or maybe you just don’t like needles. (I’m with you on that last one.)
But here’s the thing. For me, it’s about personal responsibility. My biggest problem with the hard-left these days is it’s discounting of personal responsibility in favor of dividing the world neatly into oppressors and victims based on race and gender. Of course, there are things out there that we can’t control, but as the cliche goes, we also make our own luck. Everybody gets dealt a different hand; it’s a question of how we play it.
Which brings me back to the vaccination. I got it because I wanted to take responsibility for my own health and the health of those around me. The risks of a negative reaction are infinitesimal while the chances that I won’t get COVID are overwhelming. No, I don’t like needles and I just don’t like being in medical settings. But I sucked it up because I felt it was the right thing to do.
How about the argument that the drugs haven’t yet gotten their final approval from the FDA? Under normal circumstances, I’d share that concern. But these are far from normal times. We’re dealing with a pandemic. The drugs have proven effective and safe and they had to be used before the full FDA process had run its course because of the urgency of the situation. And I can’t help but observe that for a group of people who are skeptical of anything the government says to suddenly want to wait for the feds to cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’, is kind of ironic.
Sometimes I hear people say that it’s a personal choice; that your decision not to get vaxed impacts only you. But that’s clearly not the case. If you get sick you’ll put a burden on the whole health care system. Somebody else might not get treatment, not just for COVID but for a variety of other ailments, because the system is overwhelmed with patients like you, who are needlessly ill.
And, even if you never show symptoms, you’re still a carrier. You’ll never know how many other people you infected and what their fate was.
Finally, consider what’s happening in the big picture. The markets have become volatile because investors aren’t sure the recovery won’t dip again due to the delta variant outbreak. Public health officials are reimposing mask mandates in a growing number of cities. I hate wearing a mask. I’ve even written that Madison was taking it too far several weeks ago when it seemed like the pandemic was all but over. But now I was clearly wrong about that. And yet, if enough people had gotten the vaccination, masks wouldn’t even be an issue again.
To put it plainly, it’s not all about you, but it is about your own personal responsibility to yourself and to those around you. For those of you who are concerned that our country has gotten away from the values of personal responsibility, I agree. That’s exactly the reason to get the vaccination.
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