Not Taking The Vaccine Is My Right - And Response (4)

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Mr. Boyd's statement, calling all us American citizens, choosing to practice our rights not to take the "vaccine", was on the stupid side. Personally, I feel like people who take a vaccine that has been thrown together in a matter of months, that looses 80 percent of its effectiveness in six months, could be making a big mistake.

Notice that instead of calling you an idiot, Mr. Boyd, it is obvious that you are choosing to take the vaccine, which is your right, just like me not taking it is my right. It's just one more right that is being taken away from us.

You might want to re-phrase your words next time and don't come off sounding like a bully. You have no right to scare people, when you don't know what the side affects of this vaccine are 10 years from now.

Maybe if the information that our officials give us didn't change every time you speak, the American people might have some confidence in you. 

Regina Townsend

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Rather than respond with my own thoughts, I would much prefer to invoke the late, great defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

He wisely made his choices by acknowledging: there are known knowns; there are known unknowns; and there are unknown unknowns.

If the writer of the letter above is still with me, then we can all agree that there is no way to know for certain what the 10 year potential vaccine side effects are. That is a known unknown.

We do know that refusing the vaccine and becoming infected with COVID can result in sickness and hospitalization— up to and including death. Not to mention spreading it to others. That is a known known.

How we and our fellow citizens choose to survive this pandemic remains an unknown unknown.

Michael Mallen, health, safety and environmental attorney

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For the record, Moderna says its vaccine is 93 percent effective after six months. 

Pfizer says its vaccine is 91 percent effective after six months.

Chris Blevins

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You know who doesn't get to decide whether to get the COVID vaccine? Children under 12. They are completely without protection.

The only thing that will keep them safe is you, getting yourself vaccinated.

It's not a matter of "If I die, I die". You're also saying "If the kids die, they die". Because you have the ability to do something about it and are choosing not to.

It's not a matter of being an idiot not to get vaccinated. It's a matter of being selfish, cowardly, and shamefully willing to endanger children over your own fears.

Ray Ingraham

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There are many reasons to encourage (not require) people to get vaccinated, but with all due respect to Mr. Ingraham, "It's for the children!" isn't a very good one.

According to official CDC statistics, children up to the age of 14 represent less than 0.1 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. It truly is a disease that overwhelmingly kills older people, all of whom have either been vaccinated or chosen to take the risk of declining the jab.

Statistically, children under 14 are more likely to die in an auto accident than of COVID. So by Mr. Ingraham's logic, parents who transport their children anywhere in a car (or allow them to ride on a school bus) must be "shamefully willing to endanger" their progeny.

Joe Dumas


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