It is unconscionable that many of our citizens are not taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccination. Maybe there are too few of us to remember the scourge of polio way back in the the '40s and '50s.

We rejoiced when Dr. Jonas Salk produced a vaccine to eliminate the virus, which caused extensive damage, and many endured the iron lung so they could breathe. This vaccine was administered by inoculation and the entire world got on the bandwagon to be vaccinated.

Then Dr. Albert Sabin gave us a pill to swallow and we flocked to places where we and our children received a free pill. In the '70s, and continuing on to this day, few people are ill with polio, and the public did not have to be swayed to be inoculated.

So, it is difficult to understand the reluctance of adults who are refusing to get the free shot for COVID-19 when it is offered and will save many from illness or death. Were we just smarter then, or maybe we listened and acted, and politics did not play a role in the polio epidemic. I truly want to understand the reluctance of so many, but the argument for rejection is just stupid.

How did an individual's health become politicized? Maybe in the last century, we were just smarter and accepted good medicine with more trust than the naysayers of today. Shame on them. Maybe we will have to enact restrictions that make it mandatory to be inoculated. That is the worst scenario. We desperately need disease education and health promotion to ensure an inoculated country.

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bswiger

A very relevant quote by Mark Twain for the current state of affairs, "it is easier to fool people than convince them they have been fooled."

jth7100

Bumpkins love gossip.

bswiger

If people were to see the information from true experts (not Fauci) on these so called vaccines that is being heavily censored, then there would no question as to why some people are not getting the jab. Sadly, because of the constant fear mongering over the past year, even if people were provided the other side of the story, many would not be able to think for themselves.

MD1756

How about citing the best one or two of your "true expert" sources?

MD1756

Even George Washington knew of the importance of vaccinations. See for example: https://www.history.com/news/smallpox-george-washington-revolutionary-war. Vaccinations today have come a long way since then. If one doesn't want to get vaccinated for something that has caused a global pandemic, then maybe one should re required to self quarantine for a long time (maybe their whole life).

chris

Well said. There are no reasonable arguments for not getting vaccinated.

Dwasserba

There are not. The access to information now is a mixed blessing, as all sources are not equal. The issue of “trust,” however, I think was eroded long ago, as what jumped to my mind was “thalidomide babies” whose moms took meds to prevent miscarriage. I had a neighbor our schoolbus stopped for, who struggled with canes and leg braces, and I saw photos of iron lungs lined up with only heads to be seen. Some of the “rules” for avoiding polio, like wives’ tales, I scarcely remember. But no, we are not the same trusting people our parents were. Some also forgot (or were never taught?) “a little knowledge can be dangerous” and “consider the source.”

bosco

Speaking of " consider the source", more information about Dr. Fauci is emerging. Follow the money. He has been funding research at the Wuhan lab for over a decade. The research was focused on "increase of function" of coronaviruses to make them as deadly as possible and the work backwards to develop a vaccine. Dr. Fauci is on record as supporting the research, but then denied it at a Congressional hearing. This man had Trump's ear when the virus invaded the US and downplayed the need for masks on 60 Minutes in early March 2020.

To use the old Watergate lines, follow the money and what did he know and when did he know it?

bswiger

Exactly.

threecents

Wrong. I had been following the research this research, which is simply a collaboration between NIH and Chinese scientists to find and sequence Coronaviruses in wildlife populations, including bats. This is important research, giving us a boatload of information about how MERS, SARS, and SARS CoV2 evolved and how they will likely evolve in the future. These three coronaviruses have all caused epidemics in a short span of years, so it is likely that more epidemics will arise from Asian coronaviruses. This is a stupid conspiracy theory from Fox News - an organization that makes its money and power from dividing the country. Stop being their pawn. Jeesh.

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