Thanks. I used to not get flu shots either because I wasn't afraid of getting the flu. And now, I won't say there hasn't been a year here or there where I might've missed it or gotten too busy, but I try to always get one. What changed was a shift from worrying about my own health to worrying about providing one fewer vector for a virus to maybe kill someone 5 or 10 or 2,000 people down the line. Or less dramatically, make someone sick whose shitty job and cruel boss don't provide paid sick time.boyyourself wrote: ↑Tue May 25, 2021 3:58 pmMundane Mayhem wrote: ↑Tue May 25, 2021 1:58 pmGenerally speaking, you have, in whole or in part. I appreciate the responses.
Can I repost these two and get your direct responses so I understand where you're coming from? This is the piece I still don't quite understand, since you don't dispute that vaccines are safe and effective and aren't an anti-vaxxer (your words):
1) Do you believe the vaccines are causally linked to the rapid decline of COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths that began in the first quarter of 2021? Just a yes or no on this one, really.
3) What, specifically, is your hesitation with these particular vaccines?
I could see putting together an argument that would lead to a “yes” to the first question.
And it’s not that I’m hesitant about taking the vaccine it’s that I have no desire to take it.
If there’s a difference. By The time it was even looking like an option I had already decided I didn’t need it.
Same with the flu shot and they will likely be linked in that way moving forward. Because the COVID shot is going to turn into a yearly booster shot just like the flu shot which I’ve never gotten.
That’s maybe part of my hesitation because what the question a year from now? Hey are you getting your yearly COVID booster? No. Flu shot? No. Five years? Ten years? After herd immunity is reached? The answer will likely always be no.
I agree with you these conversations would be best served over a beer and rock
Show as intent doesn’t get so lost in person.
My last thing here, and thanks for indulging me. Experts (yeah, yeah, I know) are saying there may not be an "after" herd immunity, at this point. If enough people assume we're going to reach herd immunity with or without their participation, we may fall short and "pay the price" (like that callback?) as a society. Kind of a "free rider" problem. The fact of the matter is that getting one small step closer to herd immunity is within each of our control, and we get to decide if we want to be part of it. It's kind of a beautiful opportunity. I got vaccinated to protect my community and state and country. Herd immunity (probably somewhere between 70 and 90 percent) can't be achieved by Biden voters alone or Trump voters alone or dirty socialists like me alone. I dunno. After a year of division and isolation, call me a sap, but it means something to me to have this shared opportunity to do something for and with my fellow travelers.
Off my soapbox. See ya at the Rock Show.