I woke up this morning with thoughts running through my head about the Covid vaccination controversy. Something I read on Facebook by someone's daughter had stuck in my mind. She wrote about how she feels about those who vaccinate and those who don't. It was well written and explained her feelings on respecting other's choices, etc.
And I agreed with most of what she said. But... my cousin left a comment that was 'spot on' in my opinion. It basically said that "your right to stretch out your arm ends where my nose begins".
Yes, you have the right to make health decisions that concern yourself, but when these decisions create a danger to others (hurt or possibly kill), this right no longer applies (IMO).
I do respect a person's right to make health decisions for themselves, so if you don't want to be vaccinated, that is fine. But take responsibility for this decision... and don't go around others and possibly inadvertently spread this virus... or at least wear a mask as a precaution.
I was hesitant when the vaccine first came out (probably everyone was), but I came to the conclusion that if it was all we had to try to stop this virus, then it was a necessary risk.
If someone got sick or died because of me, I'm not sure I could handle that. I know that neither the vaccine nor wearing a mask is 100% effective, but at least I know that by utilizing these resources, I'm doing everything I can to prevent the spread.
We don't know a lot about this virus, but we're learning, and we do know that the possibility of spreading it is there for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. We know that some have only mild symptoms, but... some face hospitalization and death. We do know this! I will continue to wear a mask even though I'm vaccinated - if only to lower the risk (it seems a small price to pay that could possibly save someone's life).
600,000 deaths in the U.S. alone. You may question the validity of the numbers, but that is irrelevant in my book. Some people do die. That is a fact... a fact our doctors and nurses see every day. Wouldn't you want to do everything you can to avoid this happening? Or does it have to happen to someone dear to you to get the message home?
I know that everyone will not agree with me. That is OK. I just wanted to clarify my thoughts on the way I see it. Writing it down always help me understand my priorities.
Thanks for reading. And just for clarity... I do know that some people cannot be vaccinated (or wear a mask) due to medical issues. I understand this. And since we can never know what is going on with that masked or unmasked person - IMO it is best not to judge...
Hugs (still virtual),