Questioning anti-vax view

I wish someone could explain the viewpoints of the virulent anti-vaxxers. It’s not that we don’t know that Covid is real, and that vaccines work.

I admit that my lady and I are a pair of old “sheeple” and are double-dose with the Pfizer vaccine. We even registered in advance for our shots and got them at the very earliest opportunity. We don’t have whizbang phones, but we have paper copies of the QRLs.

We both knew there were risks. Neither of us are spring chickens and we both want to be around long enough to be a burden to our kids and grandkids, but to us it seems that the odds were in our favour. We’ve never won a million on a lottery, been struck by lightning or attacked by a shark either.

Hell, I remember joining the line in public school to get our vaccines. Hated it, it scared me (the smell of the antiseptic, the nurses in uniform, the kids ahead of me crying), but I really wanted to go to school. It wasn’t optional. Both the school system and my mum made me go.

Funny thing is, I never caught anything that the shot was supposed to protect me from, and now, 60 odd years later, I guess they worked.

I remember holding both my kids at the doctor’s office when they got their baby jabs. Whole lot of crying, but decades later, neither ever had a bad reaction or caught anything. And I can tell you in all honesty that the only time in the past decade that I missed my flu shot, I was sick as a dog for more than a week and lost about a dozen pounds. (Sadly, it came back). Scared the missus too.

I still don’t know exactly what was in any of the shots I’ve had in my life. I figure that if the doctors, and the health agencies, and the researchers, and the government (and all their lawyers) didn’t have a clue, they wouldn’t have recommended them. My missus gets cortisone shots for her osteoporosis. What the hell is in that? I don’t know, but it helps her out.

Come to think of it, I don’t know what’s in Froot Loops (cereal) and Coca Cola, but they taste great (just not together). I don’t know what’s in half the things I’ve put in my body over the years, but I’m still here and my kids are tall, strong and healthy.

My knowledge of the medial profession boils down to this—nothing is guaranteed. Everything from surgeries to medications comes with odds. And sometimes side effects (we’ve all sat through the medicine ads for the latest treatments). Very, very often, the odds are in your favour. The benefits most often outweigh the risks.

I figure that if the Creator gave us brains enough to rub two sticks together, and the smarts to keep on learning new things, then maybe we should take advantage of that. If the best and brightest around the world recognized that Covid-19 could become the newest bubonic plague or Spanish flu, and then used all the modern technology and science (including instantaneous communication on the Internet) to find a way to stop it, then the least we could do would be to take advantage of it.

I’m not often a big fan of government (hey: how about a little more financial help for seniors and pensioners?) but the vaccine that could stop Covid-19 and the delta variant and the next mutation (which is coming if people don’t get their act together) is free. Free.

Something that could save lives with just a little jab is free. Something that could help first nations, and kids, and immunocompromised, and your family, your friends and community is free.

You pay for prepared food that is certifiably bad for you but when (B.C. provincial health officer) Dr. (Bonnie) Henry or (Canada’s chief medial health officer) Dr. (Theresa) Tam tells you millions have had the jab with (fortunately) very few bad results, you say…what? You don’t trust modern medicine? Yet when you get sick, you go clog up the hospitals and take whatever medicine they give you. Makes no sense to me. It’s not against any real religious teachings either.

If we, as a society, want to stop Covid-19, then follow the science, use your common sense and get vaccinated. Don’t forget to wash your hands. And for heaven’s sake, wear a mask.

Gary Lynch

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