I know that I keep coming back to the topic of the folly of opposing vaccinations but I simply cannot wrap my mind around this willful blindness. A host on the the extreme right wing station Newsmax argued that vaccines ”go against nature”, as if countering debilitating illness and early death is somehow a bad thing.
Newsmax anchor Rob Schmitt cavalierly suggested on Friday night that vaccines are “against nature” because some diseases are just “supposed to wipe out a certain amount of people” since that’s just the “way evolution goes.”
In recent weeks, right-wing media has seamlessly shifted from casually pushing vaccine hesitancy on its viewers to outright advocating for vaccine resistance, culminating in a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas this weekend cheering at the fact that the federal government hasn’t met its vaccination goals.
These people say they don’t believe in the theory of evolution but suddenly seem to like it if it can be used to support their efforts to combat vaccinations.
The California department of health has released statistics that only 0.003% (584) of the 20 million vaccinated people in CA have been infected with Covid-19 and required hospitalization.
The risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection continues as a number of Californians remain unvaccinated. With the emergence of the more transmissible Delta variant, there is a renewed urgency to get all eligible Californians vaccinated as quickly as possible and complete their two-dose vaccination process if they are receiving Pfizer or Moderna.
“We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its variants across our state. COVID-19 has not gone away. If you are not vaccinated, you are still at risk.,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “Currently, the Delta variant accounts for approximately 36 percent of cases sampled in California, and we expect this to rise. The most important thing we can do to stop the spread of COVID-19, and the variants, is ensure everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated.”
National statistics show that more than 99% of the people who have died from Covid 19 were unvaccinated.
If I was at risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and even death from a contagious virus and I heard that there was a population of people in which only 0.003% had been infected by it, my immediate reaction would be “How the hell can I get into that group a quickly as possible?” And when I heard that a simple vaccination was my passport into that world, I would get it as soon as I could.
I also worry about how many of these people who became anti-vax because of the politics of covid-19 will extend this to all other vaccinations, especially childhood vaccinations, and not give their children their shots.
These people have the luxury to indulge their idiocy because the widespread success of science and modern medicine has, paradoxically, made that success invisible. Polio, typhoid, diphtheria, mumps, measles, and a whole host of others diseases are now so rare or nonexistent that they do not enter their consciousness and so they think that somehow they went away on their own and will never come back.
I hate to be bleak but I think that nothing will persuade these people until someone close to them gets the disease and suffers greatly or dies. And even then there will still be some who will claim that they themselves have natural immunity and thus will be just fine.