By Cathy Jameson
It's over an hour drive to get to some of Ronan's specialty appointments, so I have plenty of time to think about the questions I have for the providers we're scheduled to see. I really like one of the doctors we're working with, so I stay very hopeful as I plan for visits with him. With my mind more at ease for these particular appointments, on Thursday, as we made our way to the clinic, I drove with the radio on. Other visits have me driving in silence as I go over important questions and treatment options I'd like to discuss with my son's doctors. This time, I turned the radio on as soon as we left our driveway.
After getting a good dose of some 80s music and some alt rock, I changed the station and started to listen to the BBC News Channel. One of the top stories was about efforts to restart administering the Oxford vaccine. Halted because of reported blood clots post vaccination, several countries in the European Union stopped the roll out. As expected, the vaccine representatives and those who’ll benefit from the products skirted around or denied that the products caused major problems, "The company says there is no evidence of an increased risk of clotting due to the vaccine."
I wish I'd thought to count how many times the announcer and the vaccine representatives interviewed for the story said that the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe. I wish I'd continued to count how many times they fell over themselves in their reporting. Continuously reassuring radio listeners that the vaccine program, despite the significant negative responses people already had, was ready to be resumed as early as the next day. It was literally too many times to count.
After a successful doctor’s appointment, I got us down the road a little bit before turning the radio on again. The BBC had the AstraZeneca story on a continuous loop. All the way home, I flipped from the 80s music station to the news stations. I wasn’t surprised at how much airtime the COVID19 vaccines were still getting. Several times over the last two week I’d also heard DJs on other stations boasting that they’d gotten it themselves. I wish I’d had a BINGO card with me, tweaked a bit to highlight the absurdities of the current, intensely global COVID19 vaccine push. I couldn’t escape the games vaccine pushers were playing, no matter how hard I tried. Giving it one more go on the news station, I put the BBC back on. It was the same exact story with the same exact reassurances all over again. Vaccines are safe and effective.
Even though they’re not.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor and our favorite Sunday school teacher. XOX