Living under the threat of COVID-19 is making us irritable. Angry individuals are blaming non-vaccination for the continuing pandemic – and blaming vaccine hesitation on misinformation. Some of the hesitation is based on silly things like conspiracy theories that COVID vaccines contain a microchip to control or reduce the population.
The government is not ready to kill us. It is desperate to end the pandemic, desperate enough to release insufficiently studied vaccines. Trials typically take five years, not five months inspired by former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed.
Not all people who hesitate are misinformed, and not all negative information is misinformation. Some people see and fear others getting sick from these vaccines. Their fear is not unfounded.
Realizing that it is my civic duty to protect myself and others, I had vaccinated seven months ago. I’m still sick with symptoms similar to long lasting COVID, although I’ve never had COVID.
International sporting figures such as French tennis star Jeremy Chardy and US mountain biker Kyle Warner are planning to sit out the season due to the debilitating side effects they attribute to the vaccine. They are real people. They are really sick, and they have company in people who have developed lingering symptoms after being vaccinated.