can’t-understand-anti-vaxxers??

As I read post after post about the paralyzing fear of Covid exposure on social media, and in news reports, I wonder about public perception of those of us genuinely wary, fearful of vaccination. You know what we’re called. A local college in Fairfield, CT has just put onto distance learning only the students who live in housing in Bridgeport, due to an “orange level alert” for infection. The students who live across the street in Fairfield are allowed to attend. Why did the student cross the road? To be able to attend her $55,000 a year college. 

I was scrolling along a local Facebook group and came across this:

There are times I feel paralyzed with indecision and doubt. There are times I’m so overwhelmed that I can’t make any decisions, I don’t even want to eat. This is what this pandemic does to some people. There are other days where I am hyper motivated and wear myself to exhaustion before bed. I’m never sure which person is getting out of bed. If you feel these things too, you aren’t alone. If you feel lost and scared and overwhelmed,  you are not alone. If you are dealing fine, you are not alone. This is affecting us all and we are not alone.

Makes you want to reach out to him and say, “There there,” kind of like Dory to Nemo, doesn’t it?  The COVID shutdown is taking a toll on everyone. Mental health even more than physical.  I’m sure every AofA reader has a litany of gripes and worries and sea changes to our homes because of the shutdown.

Here’s a revised version of what I read:

There are times I feel paralyzed with indecision and doubt. There are times I’m so overwhelmed that I can’t make any decisions, I don’t even want to eat. This is what this pandemic vaccine injury does to some people. There are other days where I am hyper motivated and wear myself to exhaustion before bed. I’m never sure which person is getting out of bed. If you feel these things too, you aren’t alone. If you feel lost and scared and overwhelmed,  you are not alone. If you are dealing fine, you are not alone. This Vaccine Injury is affecting us all and we are not alone.

Now what if I told you that this person had shut down every conversation about vaccine safety on a town group? As thd moderator. That this person calls anyone who asks a question about vaccines an “anti-vaxxer” and deletes them? And that this person made a phone call to a venue 30 miles away that was hosting a talk about the removal of the religious exemption here in Connecticut with Children’s Health Defense’s Mary Holland and GOT THE EVENT CANCELLED. And was proud of that.

If everyone who has ever called us “anti-vaccine” took a single moment to think of us as neighbors and family members and colleagues facing real pain, and framed our plight they way they so EASILY frame the stress and wear and tear of a shutdown, maybe they wouldn’t call us anti-vaxxers at all. Maybe they would call us heroes?

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