To Jab or not to Jab

Nip over to Fandango’s FPQ post for this week’s question and responses.

COVID-19 cases are back on the rise in the U.S., with a disproportionate number new cases among unvaccinated people in Southern and Appalachian states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Florida, and West Virginia, where vaccination rates are low.

Further, the rise of the delta variant of the virus is rapidly speeding transmission among those who haven’t been fully vaccinated, and that variant accounts for more than half of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

So my provocative question is simply this…

Are you fully vaccinated against COVID-19 yet? And if not, why the f*** not?

Melanie summed it up perfectly here and I’m with her all the way.
When Covid really kicked off over here last year, a lot of people in our road were in denial, and others we spoke to saw it as just another strain of ‘flu.

No-one seemed that bothered, and laughed at us with our distance keeping and wearing a mask and gloves when we shopped.
We quietly went about our business, and didn’t get caught with the panic buying and lack of stock as we shopped the way we always did, but were prudent to buy a couple of extra things when we did.

Everyone has since changed their tune, and were getting more panicked not just by restricted purchases, but by having to wait for their jabs, especially the second which was extended to 12 weeks after the first.

Hubby and I have now had both our shots, and been lucky with minor side effects with the first and nothing at all on the second. It is I believe proposed that this winter will see a double jab of flu and Covid, though administration is unclear at this stage.
We see it that the jab is not a cure, but a means of protection and as such, we would rather have some protection than none at all.
Freedom of choice shouldn’t come into it as it is not just the individual at risk, but also all they come in contact with.  Covid doesn’t care about your age, your financial status, your ethnic origins, your standing in the community or lifestyle. For those in denial or against vaccination, they are fair game too, and this has been proven with some of the headlines in recent months. It can infect anybody, and to NOT have the jab is, IMO,  foolish, selfish and self centred.

Regardless of what our PM is saying about July 19th, we will continue to socially distance and wear masks when out, particularly where we live as visitors constantly come to the town bringing god knows what with them and leaving the residents to deal with their mess.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to To Jab or not to Jab

  1. Cathy Cade says:

    ‘…disproportionate number new cases among unvaccinated people ‘
    ‘Disproportionate’ isn’t the word to use here. ‘Predictable’ would be more nearer the mark..

  2. I completely agree with you. It’s utter stupidity to not get vaccinated. Owing to the nature of my work, working from home is not an option for us. So I’ve been going to office even through this pandemic. At work, they brought a new rule into force that stated that all eligible employees had to get themselves vaccinated or undergo covid test every 14 days. That was the push everyone needed and almost all of us (except the ones who tested positive) are at least partially vaccinated.

  3. murisopsis says:

    I’m fully vaccinated as is the rest of the family (with the notable exception of my sister and her husband). The transmission rate is slowly rising in my state but 99% of the deaths and hospitalizations are non-vaccinated individuals! Seems they would get smart. I suppose it is a Darwinian progression. I think that we will have a “winnowing” and those who refuse to vaccinate will be eliminating themselves from society!

    • Case numbers in the UK are rocketing again and personally we foresee them going even higher. Obviously case numbers aren’t deaths, but it’s still concerning.

  4. Fandango says:

    Well put, Di. I am amazed by some of the comments I received on this post. I completely agree with you that “…to NOT have the jab is, IMO, foolish, selfish and self centered.”

    • I read some of them and agree with you. Obviously there will be some instances where it is more dangerous to someone’s health to have it, but overall, I think it should not be optional. Just my opinion of course. Good question though.

  5. I had one dose, and then my arm was red, hot and swollen for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks my neck began to swell on the inside and I packed my hospital bag just in case. I don’t think so for a second shot!

  6. Astrid says:

    I agree with you. I mean, not wanting to get vaccinated is selfish, foolish and self-centered. Not getting fully vaccinated as of yet may be a matter of lack of privilege, as I commented on Fandango’s original post.

    With respect to masking up, it’s not required here anymore. To be honest, I am not doing it, mostly because I’m concerned about being viewed as a risk if I do and no-one else does.

    • Of course there are some instances where people cannot have the vaccine and I can understand that too. Living in a holiday resort and with a lousy health care service, we have to look after ourselves to the best of our ability.

  7. K.Hartless says:

    Full vaccinated and awaiting my children’s turn to join me.

  8. willowdot21 says:

    We have all had ours and all proud and grateful of that fact💜

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