Disasters, wars and pandemics should be times when everyone works together against a common threat. We are all in the same boat, so to speak.
Unless we are Not In the same boat. Some have been able to work at home, have groceries delivered, and largely avoid the threat. Others – including those who allowed the first group to stay safe – remained exposed.
The vaccines should balance us out by protecting everyone. So far they have proven to be very safe and effective, even against the known variants. That was a big problem back in January.
Better still, the latest studies show that fully vaccinated people are not only protected from serious illness, but are also unlikely to infect others.
So the data is encouraging. But now we are in an uncomfortable interval.
- The fully vaccinated population is very sure of either getting sick themselves or of spreading the virus.
- Another (and for the time being larger) population that has not been fully vaccinated is still susceptible and still potential carriers of the virus.
If we’ve ever been in the same boat, we’re certainly not anymore.
We spent months adapting to an environment where everyone was a potential virus vector. Measures like masks and social distancing were the best response we had. Now we have a sizable and growing number for whom these precautions are no longer so necessary. You want to be relieved of the burden, of course.
In the meantime, others who aren’t fully vaccinated want the same thing. However, doing so can endanger yourself as well as others.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated people are now floating around in public and there is no easy way to tell them apart. That’s a problem. People at risk cannot tell whether their surroundings are safe or not.
This also applies to business. For example, theaters and music venues will have more customers if they can provide reasonable assurance that everyone in the crowd is vaccinated.
The problem will decrease as more people are vaccinated. But now we need better solutions.
“Vaccination records” are an idea. An app on your phone or a secure document would prove you received the vaccine.
Some reject this for data protection reasons. They seem very concerned about having to prove they have had a couple of injections.
Source: Justin Amash on Twitter
But if you have actually received these injections, passing them on to others does not reveal anything private about your body. It just means you have a couple of shots. That doesn’t seem overly intrusive.
For some, the real problem is …
- They don’t want to be vaccinated and so do they
- Do you want their choice to have no consequences?
The first part is fair. No one should be legally compelled to receive a drug they do not want.
However, if you refuse to be vaccinated, you will still receive the same privileges as those who chose otherwise or had no choice at all. You’re not the only one with rights.
Vaccination records have many uses. Some may be mandated by the government: entering the country, riding a city bus, etc.
Are they correct? Maybe, but that’s because of federal, state, and local leaders.
In economic terms, private property is the more difficult problem. Can restaurant owners check vaccination records before accepting someone? Should you?
This is really not your choice or my choice. It’s a business choice for restaurant owners. They can assess what is best for their customers, employees, and communities.
But whatever the law says common courtesy says owners can set their own rules. If you don’t want to obey them, don’t go there.
Oddly enough, over the past year some otherwise polite people who once defended private property rights stopped doing it. Now you The supposed “right” to go wherever they want overrides the property rights of others.
This attitude is not just childish. It is incompatible with a free economy. It is said that “your” premises do not really belong to you. You have to admit me, even if you know that I could harm your workers. It’s not freedom.
More precisely, companies can’t work like that. This would be wary of consumers for their safety and thus prolong the recession.
And we’re all in the same boat because we don’t want to see this result.
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