Vaccination passport needed



Dear Editor:

I love being an old man during this pandemic. The excuse of social distancing has given me perfect understanding why my neighbors cringe whenever I approach. But, I’ve got to say, I’d love it more if I felt medically protected at church or a restaurant. Anti-vaccine COVID-ites just giggle. “Why should I get the vaccine if you did? I’m protected from you. You’re protected from me. You took the pain. We both took the gain (giggle, giggle).” Anti-vaccine Christians cite Daniel in the lion’s den. “I’m surrounded by this beast of nature. But God will protect, even unto death.” Hard to argue either. Each are the very definition of cognitive dissonance. Being right, even when proven wrong.

One thing you can say about COVID-19 is that it ain’t no latte drinkin’ vegetarian. Nope. COVID-19 is a ravenous, invisible carnivore that has an unholy appetite for unprotected humans. And it’s got a host of kinky variant cousins, too.

Which brings me to the point of this rant: We need to begin a “vaccine passport” dialogue. Until we get to 85 percent vaccinated, like we are for smallpox, polio, measles, etc., it remains a chance that if I sit next to you, one of us may become sick. The vaccine protects from going to intensive care and mucking up the medical system but not from getting sick, more so if masked.

Being masked and vaccinated against COVID-19 began as a political-legal decision. It is now a voluntary decision, based on trust and CDC guidelines. And it will soon morph into a deeply personal medical decision.

What is the cost of entering any business currently? The lions are still roaming. Since I must guess the vaccination status sitting on my left, right, front and back, the cost is continuing to order from Amazon, frequenting more drive-thru and take-out restaurants, attending more put your hands on the Zoom conferences — karaoke church, and that most valued commodity: “Hello.”

Emory Robotham

Ellsworth

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