‘Vaxxed or unvaxxed, no one is safe’
The news item “People who refuse COVID-19 vaccination should be barred from restaurants, resorts — Duterte” (Inquirer.net, 11/24/21) made us wonder why the government keeps pushing the false narrative that those who refuse to be vaccinated are automatically deemed spreaders of the disease and should be treated like lepers or pariahs, banished from society. Paging Harry Roque, please come back and say your former boss was just joking!
Fact check: Those who have had the doses of those vaccines enjoy no immunity from the virus. They can still be infected and can thus be spreaders themselves. Vaxxed people are still wearing masks just like the unvaxxed. So, where is the logic or sense to justify this insulting idiocy and blatant discrimination?
All members of my household have been vaxxed, but none of us feel safe with people we don’t know regardless of their vaccination status. We mask up and keep our distance all the time. The thing is, nobody is safe from anyone outside our comfort zone, whether vaxxed or unvaxxed. ‘Di ba nga “experimental” lang ang mga vaccines na ito? Which explains the manufacturers’ continuing insistence on their own immunity from suits in case the test results go south.
Based on empirical data, there’s always a chance some nasty side effects may occur soon after vaccination or much later, but the percentage of those who have in fact suffered from or died because of it is said to be rather small. No one knows exactly what the science is in those cases. Can the government blame people who shudder at the prospect that some of them could end up being in that horrible small percentage? And now, more “booster shots” apparently because the earlier shots have gone “oops, kulang pala”? The “guinea pigs” in our household feel we have taken enough risk and are now saying “no mas, pass”!
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