A sincere supporter of vaccinations wrote this message to his Facebook Friends. He said he copied the text with a few adjustments and readers can too.
I accepted his invitation and added a commentary. I assume many share his view. I made on his Facebook page a quick Comment in need of tweaking. I added more for this blog addressed to all of us.
FROM A PRO-VACCINE SUPPORTER
I’m vaccinated and, no, I don’t know what’s in it – neither this vaccine, the ones I had as a child, nor in the Big Mac, or hot dogs I used to eat, or in other treatments…whether it’s for cancer, AIDS, the one for polyarthritis, or vaccines for infants or children. I trust my doctor when she says it’s needed.
I also don’t know what’s in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other meds, they just cure my headaches & my pains …
I don’t know what’s in the ink for tattoos, vaping, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or even deodorants. I don’t know the long-term effect of cell phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean foods and washed their hands.
In short …
There’s a lot of things I don’t know and never will…
I just know one thing: life is short, very short, and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and find a little feeling of life “before”.
As a child and as an adult I’ve been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chickenpox, and quite a few others; my parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of said diseases … just saying.
I’m vaccinated, not to please the government but:
* To not die from Covid-19.
* To NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.
* To hug my loved ones
* To Not have to do PCR or antigenic tests to go out dancing, go to a restaurant, go on holidays and many more things to come …
* To live my life and enjoy loved ones.
* To have more pillow fights with my kids, many more
* For Covid-19 to be an old memory.
* To protect us.
Many sweet souls were lost to COVID last year.
I am doing my part to stop the spread.
I hope you’ll join me.
Text copied (with a few adjustments), you can too.
You have written a lengthy list of reasons why the Covid-19 vaccination. Many will endorse your words. It makes me feel uncomfortable. We also need to understand the concerns of those who decline a vaccination or feel unable to have the vaccination. We cannot rely upon a vaccination by itself to stop the spread of such a contagious virus. Here are some concerns addressed to all of us, whether we have had the vaccination or not, which we can promote on various platforms and in public conversations.
- What are other steps we need to take besides a vaccination to reduce the spread of this contagious virus?
- Can we campaign for a massive change in the food industry for permitting the sales of processed food, junk food, food with addictive substances? Such a diet contributes to excessive kilos, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, weakening of the immune system and a painful death. 40% of the population depend on processed food, especially among the poor.
- Can we wear a top-quality face mask when near others, promote a truly healthy diet, strengthen the immune system, reduce flying, stop mixing in crowded venues, support those in need and campaign for change?
- Can we compile a list of concerns about the narcissistic self-interest of rich nations and poor nations with nationalistic leaders?
- Can we criticise the vaccination industry which clings to its patents to make $billions out of people’s suffering?
- Can we criticise the corruption among politicians for enabling their friends in the private sector to make a fortune out of the pandemic?
- Can we criticise the vaccination industry which refuses to share its knowledge and profits to serve people worldwide?
- Can we criticise rich governments who hoard millions upon millions of vaccines and give so little to the world’s poor?
- Can we express our concerns for people with cancer, heart disease or terrible daily pain waiting months to see a specialist, let alone get treatment?
- Despite two jabs, we can still get infected and still spread the virus, especially the highly contagious Delta variant, without knowing it. We face a gradual reduction in the space of several months of the effectiveness of the vaccine.
- Some unvaccinated healthy people who have had Covid prefer to rely upon the anti-bodies developed as a result. Many doctors say the anti-bodies from the jab are stronger. Debates on countless aspects of Covid and overwhelming reliance on a jab will continue long into the future.
Criticism serves as one of the steps toward action to reduce suffering and save lives.
This is a global pandemic. Billions of people on this Earth do not have our privilege to choose a vaccine or not.
Science cannot exist independent of politics, economics, medicine, health, social sciences and the global environment. It is not possible for science to have an independent self-existence without interpretation and application of the science by non-scientists, who are the policy makers.
There is a place for debate, for discussion between the pro-jabbers and anti-jabbers. The debate need not get in the way of addressing global issues causing suffering.
We need to remember compassion is as global as the pandemic.