J. Randall Murphy
If a person never gets infected, then vaccinating them is more risky than just leaving them alone. If an unvaccinated person gets infected, unless they're really old or have something else wrong with them, their likelihood of dying from COVID or even being hospitalized is exceedingly small. That much we also know for sure. None of that is "misinformation".People are getting infected and dying of COVID-19 when three different effective vaccines are available in the U.S..
It also looks like those more vulnerable to serious COVID illness, are also more vulnerable to serious vaccine side-effects, which makes perfect sense because of the way the vaccines work. Plus we didn't know all the vaccine's short-term side-effects, and still know nothing about the long-term side effects. That isn't "misinformation" either. We've taken the vaccines largely on faith that what we know so-far is enough. I'm not so confident.
So now all that's left is to have a mature understanding about the fact that people die all the time from various things that society doesn't get nearly as hysterical about, and those things are being swept under the rug, and even silenced by these media platform censors. I was banned myself from CFI for posting an article about the rise in suicides, loss of livelihoods, and other contributing factors to mortality caused by pandemic management. None of it was "fake news" — none. Plus I was personally maligned on top of it.
What I like about your attitude is your last three words above, "help these people". I'm sure we're on the same page there. But we have two different perspectives. I would say we can help people more by making sure they have jobs so they can take care of themselves and their families, and to that end make sure they aren't discriminated against by germaphobes who fear the unvaccinated.Many are being hoodwinked by fake news online in social networks and such. So how do you combat that and help these people?
Instead of going down the path to creating regulations against the unvaccinated, we should be regulating protection from discrimination, and ensuring that all healthy people regardless of their vaccination status are given every opportunity to be employed and educated. That is likely to improve their quality of life far more than any vaccine.
The problem with the "facts" is that what we were told is factual has been changing, and now we're left with vague generalizations that assume that the billions spent on vaccinations and trillions lost to pandemic management, were the best solution. The only "facts" are that billions were spent, trillions have been lost, and many otherwise healthy people have suffered greatly.You can't force them, but at least try to see that they know the facts before they decide.
Whether we're all going to be better-off for it is debatable. In the end, it could still turn-out that supporting the pandemic management strategies that have gone down so far was as harmful ( or more harmful ) to society in general than the virus itself. These numbers still need to be assessed, but there are bureaucratic and social barriers preventing those who would like to get that data from getting it and studying it.
Part of that is because unless the data supports the mainstream agenda, it's being deemed as "fake news", removed from access, and then lumped in with the "out there" fringe element and conspiracy theorists. To me, this is very concerning. I'm not saying that there is no misinformation, and I don't doubt that there are those who have decided not to get the vaccine because of misinformation, however I also doubt that everyone who decides not to get vaccinated is a victim of fake news.
How do we get through to those who are a victim of the fake news, and would be amenable to getting a vaccination if they were as aware of the situation as someone who is better informed? I don't know. I'm probably better informed about the variables and the science than the majority of people, and that's why I don't want the vaccine anywhere near me.
So it's a tough question. I'm willing to take my chances and if I happen to get infected and die, I'm perfectly okay with having made that choice. Other people have to make the same choice for themselves. I'm not going to be the one to tell them what they have to do, and certainly wouldn't impose sanctions on them if they didn't agree with me.