Against compulsory vaccinations

I’ve mentioned this before, but with recent waves of infections of COVID-19 and talks of vaccine “mandates”, I think it needs repeating.

A vaccine mandate is a soft version of compulsory vaccinations, and if your livelihood or participation in social activities are predicated on the mandate it is de facto compulsory. So, we need to treat those mandates as if they are compulsory vaccinations.

There are different angles to view this with, and while I can sympathise with the desire to protect those most vulnerable I think there are important, sociological reasons against compulsory vaccinations.

First of all one could view this from a libertarian angle: Each person is responsible for himself and no-one should impose restrictions on him. While I lean towards libertarian, I am not actually one and think there are obvious problems with this view. We live in a society and depend on each-other, also for safety.

Second, there’s the view referenced above from the medical profession: The doctors and nurses need to be trusted in our society and should not be used to force a treatment on people.

Third, the corona vaccines are actually still experimental. Yes, I am twice vaccinated with the most experimental, the mRNA, kind and we now know that the vaccines have few adverse effects on the short term and none on the middle term. But we don’t know if the vaccines have adverse effects on the long term, yet.

Fourth, by forcing people to be vaccinated it becomes a political issue rather than a personal or intra-personal issue. That means that the issue becomes tribal, an us versus them issue, which will further

Formation of a tribe was all but guaranteed with endless think pieces masturbating over denying these people jobs, unemployment benefits, healthcare of any kind, access to businesses that still want them, and more.

What other outcome is there? The media sows, the media harvests.

See also Chris Arnade’s “Among the Unvaccinated“.

The alternative to all this is to focus on the benefits versus the risks and the moral imperative of protecting each-other.















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