“Sir, please put on your mask. Do you have any symptoms of COVID like fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, loss of taste and smell, vomiting and diarrhea? Have you been sick or exposed to COVID the past 14 days? Man looking annoyed answers back, “I’m Vaccinated!”
“Ma’am, Doctor ordered a COVID Test because you have symptoms of possible COVID. Would you like it scheduled today?” Woman looking surprised replies, “But I’m vaccinated.”
5% chance of infection is 5% chance.
People forget that the COVID-19 vaccine though highly effective is NOT 100% effective and was approved for Emergency use because the World was and is still in a Pandemic Emergency.
“I’m vaccinated,” will trigger lots of conflicts, confusions, even embarrassment as some adults will have bratty tantrum outburst when Essential Workers requires them to follow establishment rules and be considerate of other people’s health.
If people were irrational and ridiculous when the Pandemic was averaging 3,000 deaths per day in the U.S. during COVID’s peak, how much more today that many people are vaccinated and hospitalizations are it’s lowest?
Delta strain reached the U.S. without anyone flying it into the U.S. It’s the same strain that is ravaging India. It mutated without travel history just like it did with the U.K. variant. COVID does not know remoteness.
We are looking again at COVID like it’s distantly happening only in other countries like we once did when it was happening in China and Italy. We are acting again like the U.S. is exempted and invulnerable to the Pandemic. What’s happening to India, Brazil, Asia and Europe can happen in the U.S. within a few weeks to months. We don’t have super genes that makes us super humans. Just super pride and super grandiosity.
With vaccination comes great responsibility. Even Spidey knows this.
America, U.K. and other rich countries got most of the first batches of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Great and lucky are we, but how about the rest of the World?
Truth, rich and powerful countries hoarded the initial batches of vaccine first. Surplus went to Third World countries who can’t afford them via donations.
Truth, thousands of opened COVID vaccine vials has been wasted and thrown away because people did not show up to their vaccination appointments. That’s thousands of lives that could have been protected and saved. We wasted life saving vaccines like we wasted food.
Truth, COVID-19 will never be over until everyone in the World gets the chance and opportunity to be vaccinated.
Truth, a significant part of the population will refuse to get the vaccine causing a back and forth infection-quiescence-reinfection.
Truth, Travel will spread new strains in places where vaccination is slow and or inadequate.
I’m COVID-19 vaccinated since February 2021, but so what? I did not change on how I deal with the infection except I’m no longer afraid. It did not change the fact that COVID now is anyone and everywhere.
I may not get serious symptoms of COVID-19 nor it’s complications, but I may still get COVID. It’s a possibility. Again, not really scared for myself except the concern of taking the infection home to my family. My wife will freak out big time. I think seeing her fear and anxiety would be worse than me getting the COVID.
10% of those who recovered from COVID will be Long Haulers regardless of age. They will experience frequent debilitating fatigue, brain fog, shortness of breath with activity and sleep disturbances that will decrease their quality of life for months to years.
Perpetual inability to function, work, think and breathe well is never okay.
COVID threat and danger is still very real even if our employers act like it’s no big deal anymore. Usual response to Staff concerns, “Just wear your PPE and you’ll be fine.” Wow exactly! As to what happens to other patients? Secret and silence because it’s a No-no to talk about it.
“I’m Vaccinated,” So What?
Just because we are vaccinated doesn’t mean we can just do whatever we want. Sure, if we don’t care about others, but if we do, we still need to be mindful and be respectful till this virus really is 100% controlled.
“I’m vaccinated,” will be the talk of discussions and debates for months to come. It will cause division and animosity if not dealt with caution and sensitivity.
“I’m vaccinated,” will be the excuse and blame for future sporadic outbreaks and super spreader events.
Truth, we won’t see the full real evidence of the effectivity of vaccination this Summer but by late Fall and Winter when the virus is at its most virulent. This is when people have to stay more indoors and frequent Holiday family gatherings are happening.
More than 600,000 dead Americans no longer cause shock reactions. The U.S. can reach its first 1 Million COVID-19 related deaths by early next year. This is not and never normal.
“What doesn’t affect me, doesn’t bother me.” This mindset gave COVID-19 all the time it needed to be what it is now the World over. Until we change, the virus will evolve faster than we are changing. It was created by Science to defy Science. Isn’t it obvious by now?
COVID-19 virus behavior is anything but natural. Who wants to admit they accidentally killed 3.8 Million people around the world?
Hate creates more hate. Victims remember. Victims learn. Victims can fight back and just be as violent as the Attacker.
Harm or be harmed, this is the New World we brought upon ourselves because of the choices we made, but like any other free will choices, we can choose what is good. That is Hope.
P.S. Try being nice when someone is just doing their job protocols. Don’t pounce our agitation and anger on our Essential Workers. Go straight to the CEO or Manager’s Office. They make change and miracles happen if they want to. Employees are just ordinary people working hard to make an honest living. Besides, don’t we still need them if another COVID-19 surge happens?