AGAINST the power of groupthink and officially prescribed culture it’s ever harder to hold your own. Nowhere more so than defending your decision not to be vaccinated.
Young people are at the receiving end of a barrage of propaganda. Already fearful that non-compliance will prohibit them from travel, they are being subjected to a faux moral onslaught from their peers and via social media. Facebook inter alia has turned vaccination into a woke badge of honour, encouraging its employees to declare their new vaccinated status. Ill-informed celebs have been co-opted on to this bandwagon, ever eager to signal their woke virtue. The fact that many of them may already have Covid antibodies, or be pregnant, on neither of which population categories has the vaccine been tested, apparently worries them not one jot. I imagine most are unaware they are pushing experimental unlicensed vaccines or even what that means.
Older refuseniks are also having a hard time. Apart from being pestered by the NHS immunisation marshals, the pressure is all around. In the realm of ‘official culture’, vaccination has superseded NHS clapping. Unvaccinated you’re not just disapproved of, you are looked on askance by ‘friends’ and treated as a walking virus. The reader who’s been told by a once-close friend that, unvaccinated, she is no longer welcome to visit, I suspect is not alone in this experience.
I am being asked for advice by young and old – how to respond? What to say?
It’s high time we got our act together. And I think it calls for a competition.
In no more than 350 words please design the best answer or rebuttal to being told you ‘ought’ to have the vaccine – that you are being selfish and endangering other people and that it is a public duty.
The three best responses will be published, and a bottle of good champagne sent to the winner.
Please send your answers by email to email@example.com . Comments below the article, however good, won’t be eligible for the champagne prize as we will need contact details.