Regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, I would like people to say “I do not want it” and leave it there.
The two reasons most often cited by anti-vaccines for not getting vaccinated are absurd.
The vaccines, they say, are too new and they don’t know what they’re putting in their body; and they don’t want their employers telling them they need to get the vaccine because it violates their personal freedom.
Singer Nicki Minaj said on Monday that she would not attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art fundraising gala due to the organization’s COVID vaccination requirement.
“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated, it won’t be for the Met,” tweeted Minaj, who previously announced she had contracted COVID. “This will be after I feel like I’ve done enough research. I’m working on it now. While waiting for my loves, be careful. Wear the mask with 2 strings that tighten your head and face. Not so cowardly. “
There is a problem with such arguments.
Not knowing what you are putting in your body is a daily occurrence.
What is in the medicines you take?
More than 35 million Americans, for example, take statins, the drug that helps lower bad cholesterol. But none of these people have a clue what is in the statins that include Lipitor. I had no idea either, until I looked on the FDA website:
Statins contain “10, 20, 40 or 80 mg of atorvastatin and the following inactive ingredients: calcium carbonate, USP; candelilla wax, FCC; croscarmellose sodium, NF; hydroxypropylcellulose, NF; lactose monohydrate, NF; magnesium stearate, NF; microcrystalline cellulose, NF; Opadry White YS-1-7040 (hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide); polysorbate 80, NF; simethicone emulsion.
I can’t pronounce most of these things.
The same goes for drugs for the heart, diabetes or anxiety.
You take them because your doctor says so and you don’t protest that you put something in your body and you don’t know what’s in it. You take the pills because the healthcare professional says so.
What makes taking a COVID vaccine different?
Americans eat frozen and canned foods and have no idea what is in them. I’m not going to list all the ingredients for a popular frozen pizza, but here’s just a separate chicken tip).
Mechanically separated chicken? Yuck.
So next time, when you pretend you don’t want to put something in your body that you’re not sure about, take a look at your shopping list.
Employers often impose conditions
The employment issue is even more confusing. Forget the 1905 Supreme Court ruling that gave companies the right to demand flu shots from their employees. Employers have been telling employees what to do for millennia.
Employers tell you when to come to work and when to leave.
Violate these rules and you could be suspended, lose your salary, or be fired. Your boss tells you how long you can take for lunch and how much vacation you can take.
Businesses have rules on social media, including your private page, and govern how you can interact with your coworkers and community members. This is in addition to the mandatory vaccines.
That’s why the most honest statement for anyone still resisting a vaccine is, “I don’t want to” and that’s it.
People will say that they don’t want coffee, that they don’t want to work overtime, or that they don’t want to go see a movie that they don’t care about. They don’t know why they “don’t want to.” “They just don’t do it.
It’s more honest – if an even puzzling reaction – from those who are resistant to vaccines, even if the delta variant is raging and the new mu variant is worrying health officials.
In a world where honesty is paramount, just say “I don’t want it”. I won’t understand it, but I can at least respect the fact that you are being honest.
Ray Marcano is the past national president of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: COVID Vaccines: Tell the Truth About Why You Still Are Not Vaccinated