Friday, April 9, 2021

Don’t  Want a Vaccine? Willing to Face the Consequences? 

March 3, 2021 - 1:30 pm ET
By Rich Weissman, Palm Springs, California (

To those who don’t want to get vaccinated: It’s your choice, but understand the consequences you face. In the upcoming months, the majority of the nation will be vaccinated, including me (I got my second shot last week). With so many people vaccinated, the nation will open up and get back to a more “normal” way of living (schools, offices, stores, restaurants, theaters, sports venues, travel, etc.). The vaccinated people will be protected from the virus and will go about living their “normal” lives (albeit still taking precautions such as masking). But the unvaccinated people will be in a strange situation. Unless they continue to remain in their homes and limit their exposure to the outside world, they will contract and spread the disease at higher rates among themselves as they attempt to live “normal” lives like the vaccinated, only without protection from the virus. We’ll have two groups in the nation: the protected who will thrive, and the unprotected who will infect each other, and many of whom will die. (Of course, this is all dependent on the mutations, which is an altogether different set of challenges.) 

You see, the vaccine is like a special power which some will have and others won’t. If you’re in a plane that is going down, do you take a parachute or reject it? If you’re on a ship that is sinking, do you take a life vest and get into a lifeboat or reject it? If you’re in the emergency room with appendicitis, do you have the doctor conduct surgery or reject it? Do you trust the airplane pilot or do you plunge to your death? Do you trust the ship’s captain or do you drown in the icy waters? Do you trust the surgeon or do you die in agony from the ruptured appendix? It’s the same with the COVID vaccine. Do you trust the medical community and protect yourself from the deadly virus or do you open yourself up to a contagion that may kill you? 

For me and for my family, we choose to protect ourselves and not face disease and death. For us, it’s simple. We want the special powers. But, you may prefer disease and death. And do make sure that your wills and insurance policies are up-to-date for you and your family. These may very well soon be needed for those within the group of people who don't want to be vaccinated. Your choice. Just understand the consequences you face.