Anti-Vaxers And Anti-Maskers, I Hear You

Anti-Vaxers And Anti-Maskers, I Hear You.

People who are opposed to vaccinations may have legitimate reasons. Some vaccines are developed using human or animal fetal tissue. You get to be morally opposed to that. The Covid vaccines have not been subject to longitudinal studies for side effects or efficacy –– they couldn’t be, given how quickly they’ve been developed. You get to be scientifically opposed to that. Introducing anything into your body without your permission is a violation. You get to be politically opposed to that. 

 

People who are opposed to mask mandates may have legitimate reasons. Having the government tell you what you must or must not wear reeks of authoritarianism. You get to be politically opposed to that. Having to wear a mask might make you less attractive to someone you want to have sex with. You get to be fashionably opposed to that. Masks are uncomfortable. You get to be comfortably opposed to that. And masks may inhibit your ability to see (they fog up my glasses) or be heard. You get to be safely opposed.

 

But opposition to each of those things comes with consequences. One is that you’re more likely to contract Covid. That’s your risk. But the other is that you’re more likely to spread the disease and no, you don’t get to do that. 

 

So go ahead and invoke whatever reason you have not to get a vaccination or wear a mask. But when you do, also accept that you have a societal obligation to take steps to keep from spreading the disease. You don’t get to go to restaurants. You don’t get to go to sporting events. You don’t get to go to weddings or parties or bars. You don’t get to ride buses or trains or take taxis or stay in hotel rooms. You may be justified in your desire not to wear a mask or get a vaccination, but you are under no circumstances justified in killing my mother or my children or that guy who lives down the street. 

 

I’m not telling you to get a vaccine or wear a mask. I’m telling you to act like a grown up. 

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