I just had my second shot (Moderna). I have to wait 30 minutes because I’ve had anaphylaxis due to allergies (not to vaccines), so I had plenty of time to just enjoy the euphoric feeling of “it’s almost over.” Or, in the words of a song, “there goes the fear.”
From all we’ve seen so far, the danger of contracting a deadly or extremely serious case of COVID if you’ve had one of the mRNA vaccines is way, way less than the dangers we tolerate in everyday life. In two weeks, for me, COVID risk goes to the back of my personal risk line, behind riding my bike on busy streets, my family history of cancer, and the everyday danger of falling down and breaking my neck in some dumb way or other.
As I sat and enjoyed the feeling, I thought about the idiots who won’t partake in this massive free benefit. My attitude towards them is similar to the attitude I’d have towards someone who won’t visit a national park, or who won’t take a nice walk on a nature trail, or have some religious objection to riding a bike. I can sum it up as “more for me.” The more red staters who refuse vaccination, the more likely that my young relatives in red states will be vaccinated early. These anti-vax idiots make it more likely that my elementary and middle school relatives will be vaccinated before school this Fall, as soon as the EUAs come through for their age groups.
My other attitude towards them is “ha ha fucking ha”. Enjoy not attending a sporting event in New York. Enjoy wearing your hated mask longer because not enough of you goobers have gotten vaccinated and COVID is still around. When I visit your benighted red state viral breeding grounds, I’ll don one of my medical grade masks to protect me from ubiquitous virus-laden breath and mouth “fuck you” to every unmasked yokel I see.
It’s been a long pandemic and these people have done nothing but make it harder. Here’s hoping that some of the consequences fall on them now that the rest of us can get vaccinated.
To forestall the usual comments, yes I know that variants will occur, but we all know that they’re coming to the US anyway from places like Brazil. If variants start breaching the vaccine protection, I’ll mask up and quarantine until a booster is created. My guess is that it will arrive faster than the initial vaccine. I do feel bad for the healthcare workers who have to take care of these morons, but at least they’ll be vaccinated and won’t die from inhaling their spew. I do hope the hospitals don’t fill up in red states, but I’ll play my part by staying the fuck away from red states having outbreaks. And remember that almost anyone can get the vaccine — they’re incredibly safe as well as extremely effective.
Anyway, it’s not in my nature to celebrate, but Fox idiots like that fucker Carlson don’t want us to, so it is pretty much our patriotic duty to celebrate long and loud. Consider this my contribution to the cause.