Sitting at a red light on my way to an appointment, I glanced over to a small SUV and saw a bright bumper sticker: NEW DRIVER – PLEASE BE PATIENT. I hoped that the driver behind the newbie would be patient. It was a rainy and very gusty day. Even as a seasoned driver, being on the road that day made me a bit nervous. Having hydroplaned once due to the heavy volume of water already on the roads, all I wanted to do was go home. As the light turned green, I watched the new driver cautiously go forward. If I could’ve, I’d have wished him well before he drove away.
Seeing that bumper sticker, which several families in my area have gotten for their new teen drivers, I wondered about something. What if new anti-vaxxers could also be treated with patience like we’re asked of new drivers? As much as that term can be degrading, anti-vaxxer is a term that describes more people this year than ever before.
Where it was hardly a second thought, people are now finding themselves questioning the COVID vaccine. Playing for a new team, the “anti-vax” team, I welcome them with open arms. Some are grateful for the eye-opening experience they’ve had as they’ve dug into a hot topic. Others of them, though, are being insulted for waking up to a new reality: vaccine science is loads different than regular science. These new vaccine skeptics are being treated terribly for realizing that. People are getting hammered for just asking a question or for raising the tiniest bit of concern about the COVID vaccine.
Do your part!
We need to end this now!
What are you afraid of anyway? It’s just a shot.
Just take it. You never had a problem with any of the other one vaccines…
Maybe they didn’t have a problem before with other vaccines. But others weren’t fast-tracked like this one was.
Maybe they weren’t afraid before. But others didn’t come with the type of coercion this one has.
Maybe they were fully trusting of vaccine science before. But other vaccines didn’t rack up as many reports in VAERS as this one has.
To question any of that has had consequences. Many of us here are used to the backlash the pro-vaccine cult has lobbed our way. But for the newest anti-vaxxers? It’s got to be disheartening to be treated with such disdain. They have quickly learned that polite conversations about vaccines do not exist. They are not vectors of disease but are now being treated as such. Insulted for using their intelligence, family and friends are shunning them. They, like pro-vaxxers, would do anything to protect themselves and their children. The difference is that this particular vaccine is not going to be the solution. The more they discover about the vaccine, or about the people forcing it, the less the new anti-vaxxers trusts it. What’s a newbie to do?
Declining the COVID vaccine is an option. It’s an option that, for some, will come with even greater consequences.
Should they go against their better judgment and just get it?
Can they continue to hold the line?
Or do they need to fight like hell?
So much is resting on one decision!
Some people, especially the newest anti-vaxxers, never dreamed they’d be traveling the path they are now traveling. Confused, alone, and betrayed. Surely they are reeling. As the newbie all those years ago, I know those feelings well. I’ll never forget the moment I discovered how awful vaccines could be. I’ll also never forget the moment I was able to move forward because of that discovery. I’m wiser for walking away from vaccine science when I did. Scores of other like-minded people are also. We patiently leaned on each other as we unlearned everything we’d been taught about vaccines. A new, rushed and risky vaccine is causing more people to unlearn everything they thought they knew about vaccines once again.
To the newest members of a group we wished we’d never needed to find, welcome. Let’s work together. Let’s help each other. With mandate deadlines quickly approaching, now’s the time for the older anti-vaxxers and the newest ones to rise up and fight like hell together.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
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