Ashok B. Boghani

Aug 1, 2021

3 min read

Pandemic of the No-Vaxxers

So, we are back to using masks in enclosed space after getting used to not doing so over the past few weeks. The new cases are rising everywhere in the country, the virus is making a comeback and there seems to be no end in sight. This time you cannot blame it on any government screwups or lack of understanding on how virus spreads. You can blame it squarely on misguided people who stubbornly refuse to get vaccinated…the “No-Vaxxers.”

I am tempted to say that let them catch Covid and then refuse to provide them treatment if they get it. That, however would be a cruel and unusual punishment. As they say, you provide treatment even to injured enemy troops during war. That is what makes us human.

However, being a human also means that I can get angry. I ask myself, “What the hell (or another four-letter word) is wrong with these people?”

I know some of these “No-Vaxxers.” When asked what are the reasons why they refuse to get vaccinated, I get one of the following responses:

“I am afraid of the side effects of the vaccine.” My response to them would be: Perhaps you prefer the side effects of Covid.

The cases are rising due to the Delta variation.” Yes, and who is providing home to these variants? 99.5% of the Covid patients are non-Vaxxers and for that Corona virus thanks you.

“The vaccines were rushed through without much testing.” Ok, do you know the procedure for getting vaccinations approved? Where, in your opinion were corners cut? How about hundreds of millions of people who have been vaccinated? Can you think of a bigger clinical trial in the history of drug approval? How many of them have died?

That will bring up the next objection. “I know so-and-so who died even after taking vaccine.” Yes, maybe there are isolated cases here and there, but have you heard of Confirmation Bias? It means looking for evidence to support whatever your belief you hold. You will hang on to any news report (the source be damned), that provides ammunition to what you believe in. What about the hundreds of millions of vaccinated people who did not die?

Now it starts getting more and more bizarre. “I don’t like foreign DNA to invade my system.” Hmmm. How much genetics do you know? What do you think these vaccines are composed of and how they work? Where did you get this dazzling insight from? Fox News?

“I don’t believe in science.” I strongly suggest that the next time you have medical problem, go to a snake oil salesman. They are supposed to cure every disease known to men.

“It is a plot by Bill Gates to plant microchips in our bodies.” I told you, it gets more and more bizarre.

“It is a free country and I can decide what I want to do.” Sure, I don’t care, as long as you don’t harm the others. In this case, that is not the case. Just see what you have wrought.

You are allowing the Coronavirus to continue its rampage by providing safe havens. Thanks to you, the virus feels free to develop even more resistant mutations, and someday even the ones that attack people who have taken vaccines. Like myself. And what about kids who have not been vaccinated? How do we protect them from people like you? Finally, what about the cost of treating you? If your insurance pays for it, where will that money eventually come from?

Do you go around driving drunk? How is not getting vaccinated any different? In both cases, by claiming that you can do what you want, you kill not just yourself but others as well. Yes, I know, you don’t drink and drive, because if you are caught, you will end up in jail. For not getting vaccinated, our permissive society does not punish you. In fact, we can’t even ask you if you have been vaccinated, in order to protect your privacy. You are given a free pass.

So, what exactly is the end game according to you?

Do you believe that the virus will get tired and just go away?