The Absurdity of Anti-vaxers

I have to admit, I find the anti-vax movement to be a bit funny. Not “HAHA” funny, more like “what the fuck is wrong with you” kinda funny. I swear that if today’s anti-vax morons were around 60 years ago we’d still have smallpox running loose inflicting it’s devastation. I’m also sure that they’d be convinced that small-pox is just a conspiracy to get people to comply with the government.

It is only because of a massive drive to vaccinate the world that we’ve completely eradicated smallpox (save for the samples that labs like the CDC still have around), and polio is on the verge of death as well. Even chickenpox’s, a near rite of passage for children when I was young, is incredibly rare today because we’ve managed to vaccinate most children against that disease – even their parents don’t have to face the risk of shingles outbreaks should they be able to afford the vaccine. It is vaccines that have managed to hold back the tide of some deadly diseases and are one of the major reasons that infant mortality has declined to the levels that it has. Vaccines are one of the greatest achievements that humanity has ever produced, along with modern sanitation systems, and antibiotics.

And yet we have idiots running around who are convinced that somehow they’ll be implanted with a tracking device, become sterile, or whatever the latest quack-fuckery of the day is, should they take the COVID-19 vaccines. It’s mind-boggling how much anti-intellectual stupidity there is floating around when it comes to vaccines.

Getting vaccinated, even with a single dose, means that you are vastly less likely to die from COVID. Of all the deaths that are happening in the US from COVID, virtually all of them are now in those who have not been vaccinated, and the vast majority of those deaths could be prevented simply by getting everyone vaccinated. And this is the absurdity of the situation. Imagine where we would be today if COVID didn’t kill 600,000 Americans in the last year and half? But yet the people who are afraid of vaccines, and don’t get vaccinated, are the ones who face orders of magnitude higher likelihood of death should they become infected with COVID. It’s crazy.

I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather take a 1 in 60,000 chance of some severe complication from a vaccine than take a 1-2% chance of dying should I contract COVID (which around 10% of Americans have already contracted.) It’s not like vaccines are something new, and we haven’t already researched thte snot out what these things do, and what kinds of long term affects they have. Vaccines have proven themselves to be safe and effective and yet there is still a significant amount of the population that is more concerned about dreamed up risks than well quantified risks from a deadly virus.

At the end of the day what makes me the most sad is that COVID will probably be a concern for everyone for a lot longer than it should have be, largely because there is a segment of our worlds population that either doesn’t understand, or doesn’t care, about what vaccines are and how effective they are at preventing unneeded deaths.

The Delta variant, which is much more contagious and dangerous than all the other variants, doesn’t care if you’re liberal or conservative. The only thing that’s going to stop more deaths from happening is getting every single eligible person vaccinated. Only our trained immune systems will prevent more needless death. Sadly, it’s really only our primitive ape brain stands in the way.

11 thoughts on “The Absurdity of Anti-vaxers”

    1. Anti-vaxxers and anti-lifers don’t live by the same standards we do. Someone once said, “Seeing is believing.” But they choose what they what they want to see, or hear, or read (for those able to read). When you live your life in a tiny box, your thoughts are also tiny. I never thought I would say such a thing about fellow human beings, but over the last 4 years they have convinced me they want it that way.

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  1. Dead-on correct. Thank you for saying it so well.
    Let the virus get ’em. As rawgod said above. That’s harsh, but they’ve put themselves in harm’s way.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words about my post.

      I don’t want the virus to get anyone. Yes, they are putting themselves in harms way, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve to be harmed. The humanist in me doesn’t want to see people dying for stupid reasons, and dying an almost completely preventable death is about as stupid as they come. They’re probably also in the group that wants to see Dr Fauci prosecuted for whatever it is they think he’s done.

      Sadly, I doubt that they will listen to the experts about this, or care what the facts are. They will be hurt, but that doesn’t mean we should be callous in our regard for them.

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      1. Perhaps, but these people are putting other people at risk too, who aren’t trump supporting anti vaxers. And these are people who no doubt support voter suppression, deny climate change, are racists, bigots and full of conspiracy theories. They do much damage to our society

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  2. The problem gets amplified when the people running your state or province don’t take the problem seriously or if they do, have a political and religious/ ethical agenda that over rides it. My fellow Albertans will know what I’m talking about.

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