Subtitle: 2 Vax or not 2 Vax is not the question, at least, speaking always and only for myself, for me!
I am an American. I was born and raised (and would choose to live nowhere else on earth) in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
And, in America, it seems to me, individualism – whether understood, generally, as a belief in human independence and self-reliance or, specifically, in the social theory that espouses personal freedom over communal authority or collective control – is one of our chiefest religions; that is, a body of principles and practices for the guidance of our lives and living.
In this, I acknowledge and honor the choices of my fellow country women and men who have determined that, for them and for myriad reasons, the available (or any) COVID-19 vaccines are not viable options.
However, given my general belief, bolstered by my medical history, in the efficacy of immunization and, regarding the global scope of the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic, which, now, for more than a year, has precipitated an undulating, repetitive rise-and-fall of infections and deaths, here and elsewhere, I have chosen to seek and to receive the vaccine.
In this, as a senior citizen with pre-existing medical conditions and as one who has endured one-round of COVID-19 infection, and as there is no cure, I seek to reduce the risk of severe complications should I again contract the virus.
Even more, as one who values relationships and communal living, I, to be one whom I consider “a safe person,” desire, need to lessen the chance that I may transmit COVID-19 to someone who may be immunocompromised and, thus, find the virus to be especially harmful, even deadly.
Therefore, the question, my question is not whether or not to vaccinate. Rather, in our general, human desire to return to some semblance of normalcy in our daily, societal living, if not vaccination, then what?
© 2021 PRA