Regardless of what’s happening, tens of millions of Americans will not accept the vaccine shots. Rather than shame them, we should try to figure out why.
Former President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed oversaw the record-breaking manufacturing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus or COVID-19 vaccines. Indeed, Trump said that by April of this year, every American would be able to get a vaccine, a claim ridiculed by the media at the time but which has now come true. Devotion to Trump would imply a positive outlook on vaccination rather than apprehension.
Recent studies found, 25% of United States adults either do not want to have the CCP Virus vaccine, ignore the call, or choose to delay. The figures have been consistent for months. With concerns over Johnson and Johnson’s one-shot vaccine last week causing excessive blood clotting, the number of vaccine-averse Americans could be marginally higher now.
The result is that tens of millions of people in the United States will not get vaccinated, at least not right away.
It’s easy for publications like The New York Times to comment, “Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters.” Vaccine apprehension is “is highest in counties that are rural and have lower income levels and college graduation rates,”—Red states where MAGA knuckleheads are hesitant to have the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine disparity continues even in affluent Trump-supporting communities, indicating that vaccine skepticism is widespread among Trump voters, not just the weak and uneducated.
The Vaccines’ Long-Term Side Effects Are Unknown
Might there be another reason that so many Americans in rural, Republican-leaning areas are hesitant to get the vaccine?
Obviously not—consider North Dakota, which reportedly has the country’s highest rate of CCP Virus cases per capita. It’s still one of the states with the largest reported number of vaccine-skeptical people. Many North Dakotans live in a sparsely inhabited province, and they’d rather risk the virus than risk a vaccine that, by any historical measure, amounts to a mass medical trial.
Vaccine apprehension could be pervasive among young couples planning to start a family or women who are pregnant since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have virtually no evidence on the safety of vaccinations in pregnant women.
Pfizer and Moderna did not have any pregnant women in their clinical trials. Pfizer’s trial will not be completed until January 2023—that’s not helpful right now.
Vaccines also raise ethical concerns
Aside from the vaccinations’ unexplained long-term health consequences, there are legal and spiritual concerns that religiously observant Americans are likely to consider. Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, said in December, “For me, the bottom line is whether it has the signs, or DNA, of aborted infants. I’m not going to support that if it does.”
Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which only used these cell lines to research their vaccines, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine used them to develop, manufacture, and test their vaccine.
On moral issues like these, an epidemiologist has no special jurisdiction. “Let the doctor tell me I’m going to die unless I do so-and-so,” C.S. Lewis said, “but whether life is worth getting on such terms is no more an issue for him than for any other man.”
Insulting and shaming vaccine-skeptics would not persuade them
Another less-publicized result from the Kaiser poll: 51% of non-health-care critical staff say they will either not get a vaccine and get one only if needed or will wait and see. They are people who work in retail stores and gas stations and have been employed during the pandemic.
A trend is beginning to emerge here. Rural people, conservative Christians, the middle class, and Republican voters are precisely the classes that mass media and left-wing elites despise the most.
Vilifying the tens of millions of Americans who fail to get vaccinated for different reasons would not persuade them to change their minds.
Whatever you want to call them, they intend to make their own decisions about vaccinations when they’re good and ready.