It’s argued that people who made bad lifestyle choices don’t just include the intentionally unvaxxed, yet are treated according to need rather than judged less worthy of immediate healthcare. This includes, among others, smokers, the obese, alcoholics and drug addicts. You could include drunk drivers and people who engage in risky, high-adrenaline activities like bungee jumping or auto racing.
But fat people don’t run around stuffing Big Macs down others’ throats, nor do smokers force people to blaze up. They’re no longer allowed to pollute the indoors as they once argued was their precious, God-given ‘right’. Addicts might mug you for drug money but they won’t corner you in an alley and stick a heroin needle in your arm.
No one wants to be addicted to substances, including food, and the reasons why people engage in and perpetuate what they know to be unhealthy living decisions are legion. They often pay their own price including increased health problems, decreased standard of living, reduced romantic and job opportunities, higher insurance rates, and increased mental illness. In the U.S., with its broken healthcare system and only a few shreds of a safety net left, there are few worse places to make stupid lifestyle choices.
The unvaxxed ‘fortunate’ enough to have survived are often faced with insurmountable hospital bills (Oopsie! Un/derinsured!) in a country where stupidity pays handsomely if you’re a healthcare C-suiter.
No, I will not contribute to your crowdfunding account.
The number of people for whom the COVID vaccines might be contraindicated are tiny. The best way to know for sure is to consult your doctor if you’re on the shortlist.
Not Gab and Parler, not QAnon, not numerous dumbass websites and media sources failing accuracy evaluations at Media Bias Fact Check, and certainly not a woman who looks like and contains more plastic than a Barbie doll. Your doctor knows you and your health problems and history best. S/he’s the best source for determining whether to get vaccinated against COVID.
Hey, you survived MMR as a kid without becoming autistic, right? Annual childhood DPT shots didn’t kill you? You haven’t grown a second head out of your shoulder from the smallpox vaccine, amirite? Many COVIDiots probably got an annual ever-changing flu shot until they were harder to source than toilet paper last year.
COVIDiots perpetuate each wave, drive small businesses out of business, burn out our healthcare workers and dangle the ever-looming threat of lockdown and restricted access to local goods over our heads. They’re part of the reason Jeff Bezos can shoot into space while underpaying his employees because COVIDiots are forcing us to depend on Amazon for anything we can’t get at a non-‘essential’ business.
Intelligent, rational, mature, and responsible people are losing patience with adult babies, especially ones who blithely walk around not caring who they murder because they won’t cover their piehole. The ones who ‘identify’ as Christians believe they have plausible deniability when they meet Jesus: “Whaddaya mean I was responsible for killing over a dozen people at a Stop The Steal rally? How was I to know I was infected? When I got sick I thought it was just a silly old cold! C’mon, you’re messin’ with me, ain’t you, Big J? It was all a big Deep State plandemic! Come on, Jeez, can you prove I did it?”
Meanwhile, good people who need immediate healthcare still wait, some of them living with internal time bombs if they don’t get the treatment and surgeries that keep getting postponed to handle so-called ‘more immediate’ COVIDiots. People who refused, in all their overprivileged First World glory, free vaccines to keep them and their so-called ‘loved ones’ alive that billions of other humans would give their meager life savings for. Our little brainiacs prefer conspiracy theories promoted by Tucker Carlson or Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vaxx documentary targeting particularly vulnerable black and Hispanic communities.
Never mind the appalling optics of a white man encouraging POC to, essentially, kill themselves. Maybe we ignore it because it’s Bobby Kennedy’s kid, rather than, say, Steve Bannon’s.
Make no mistake: Willfully unvaccinated POC are as blameworthy as MAGA cap COVIDiots. The Tuskegee experiments ended fifty years ago. Open your damn eyes and visit the CDC in 2021. You’re alive today, because of vaccines. You didn’t die of smallpox. You don’t live in an iron lung. You’re welcome.
COVID kills black and brown people far more effectively than white scientists ever have. Black Lives Matter, or is that only when white cops take them?
The global evidence since vaccines became available this year is plain. It refutes hysterics of all colors.
This doesn’t include anyone who can’t easily access the vaccine because of work requirements, child care issues or because they’re unfortunate enough to live in less-served rural areas. Or are genuinely at risk.
For them, I reserve all my sympathy.
Now some are debating the previously undebatable: Whether the unvaxxed should be moved down the triage line. One problem is some want to vaxx but can’t; at the moment, it’s impossible to determine who really couldn’t get a vaccine they wanted and who’s lying to get medical help. Triaging on the basis of lifestyle choices violates medical ethics and correctly scares other unfortunate lifestyle choosers who wonder whether the obese or smokers will one day be subjected to similar scrutiny.
To which I say: All of them put together have NEVER overstressed the system the way COVIDiots have. Pandemics may be with us for some time. How do you feel about a near-future pandemic without healthcare givers?
Can you blame them for throwing in the towel and saying, Fuck these people?
I think the triage conversation is one we need to have. What’s truly ‘unprecedented’ about the pandemic is how so pigheaded and politically divided we are that getting a proven vaccine is controversial for those who love their political beliefs more than their families, their fellow humans and even Jesus.
WWJD in a pandemic?
Maybe it’s time to let the unvaxxed exercise their right to wait for care like all the pre-pandemic people who have to wait for surgery today. Because of them.