On Friday, even with the success of 68% of U.S. adults getting vaccinated, but not actually meeting their 70% goal, the Biden Administration dinged itself when calling for censorship of misinformation on social media; which is seen as an incredibly inappropriate for any American Presidential administration to do.
President Biden would say of social media platforms, “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”
Via USA Today, “In a statement, Facebook, said that the company won’t be “distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts.”
First. The free flow of information is a huge component of America’s First Amendment. You simply can’t stop this. Sometimes government experts (with a political agenda) are wrong, and too arrogant to correct the record. Sometimes alternative voices make good points that need to be heard.
Anti-vaxxers are protected by the First Amendment. Doesn’t mean they are always right, but sometimes they aren’t wrong. Vaccinations are a deeply personal issue to millions of Americans, many with children. There is clear court/legal precedent on how vaccines work in USA, and the Federal Government can NOT force Americans to get vaccinated.
I support most standard vaccinations and know (because I study history), if we didn’t have vaccinations in USA, we would be a third world nation with a high mortality rate from many horrible diseases. We often take for granted how important vaccinations are to the human species.
The reality check here is about 30% of the adult population are not interested in taking COVID vaccines (at this time) and for most, that decision is probably solid.
And yes, there are some well respected, credible MDs who are COVID vaccine skeptical, and sometimes anti-vaxxers who, right or wrong, are out there driving caution, at times with rational insights, and at times with some kooky takes.
Why the vaccine hesitancy with this near 30% of adults? Here’s a few reasons:
1. These are still experimental vaccines. Not FDA approved. Vaccines were rushed to market without years of safety trials.
2. There are a statistical amount of side effects and fatalities attributed to COVID vaccines. Truth is, there are unknowns and some risks involved in taking the vaccines.
3. Children don’t need to be taking the COVID vaccine, and part of the reason those near 30% adults aren’t getting vaccinated, is because habitually wrong experts can’t admit this. Many parents simply do not want to inject their children with an experimental vaccine (not FDA approved). Nor does credible science say vaccinating children is needed. This isn’t polio, smallpox, typhoid, or diphtheria. It is rational to protect children!
4. With a near 70% success rate, some government officials are starting to come off as too aggressive in their push to drive up vaccine success statistics. One hundred years after the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, at a Federal level, those near 30% adults have the law on their side in choosing to not get vaccinated.
No one can deny that in the 2020 election season COVID was used as a political weapon, in an attempt to transform the nation. In 2021 a COVID fatigued nation (near 70% adults vaccinated) wants to move on.
Current COVID death toll is nowhere near 2020 levels, and hospitals not overwhelmed.
Everyone should take a chill pill.
These would be good reality check talking points for Sunday AM media interviews.