25 May 2024
Americans vent their anger on those who do not vaccinate 4

Americans vent their anger on those who do not vaccinate 4

As nCoV cases skyrocketed across states, upsetting reopening plans, America gradually lost patience with those who delayed vaccination.

`The virus is here and killing people, and we have a proven way to stop it and we’re not doing it. It’s outrageous,` said Jim Taylor, a retired civil servant at

`Those who have not been vaccinated must be responsible. They are letting us down,` Alabama Governor Kay Ivey told the press last week.

The US Covid-19 vaccination campaign is tending to slow down and decline after initially being promoted.

The consequence of vaccination stagnation and many restrictions being lifted is the increase in nCoV infections.

Students at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, USA, were vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccine on July 22.

Many localities such as the city of San Francisco, the state of California or Austin in Texas recommend that vaccinated people wear masks again in closed public spaces, some places even require it like Los Angeles county.

For Americans who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 months ago, the future is starting to look bleak.

Josh Perldeiner, a 36-year-old man living in Connecticut, has been fully vaccinated since mid-May. However, a close relative who visits regularly refused to be vaccinated, even though Perldeiner and other family members were

This relative recently contracted nCoV after visiting Florida, where Covid-19 patients are filling hospitals, making Perldeiner worry that his son, a 2-year-old boy too young to be vaccinated, is at risk of exposure.

`In addition to posing a danger to others, people who refuse vaccines also affect the economy and prolong the pandemic. I feel like we are falling into a situation like last year, when people no longer care

Growing anger among many people has led to support for stronger measures to promote vaccination.

`I am increasingly angry. The vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel and some people still choose to refuse it. They are making the future of my family and others darker,` teacher Doug Robertson

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on July 26 required all workers in the city to get the Covid-19 vaccine when schools reopen in mid-September, if they do not want to have to be tested weekly.

California state officials also took similar action, and required all healthcare workers and government employees to be vaccinated.

Even after being fully vaccinated, Aimee McLean, an employee at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, still worries about the risk of catching the virus from a patient and accidentally transmitting it to her father, who has lung disease.

Many students in the US are expected to return to class from the beginning of next month, making parents worry about the risk of an outbreak in schools, when children under 12 years old are still not allowed to be vaccinated.

Americans vent their anger on those who do not vaccinate

Josh Perldeiner and his 2-year-old son in Connecticut, USA.

`If we respect the rights and freedoms of those who have not been vaccinated, what will be the rights and freedoms of those who have been vaccinated?`, asked Elif Akcali, a lecturer at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Some people say the federal government should start using `sticks` to promote vaccination, instead of `carrots` like vaccine lotteries.

Meanwhile, Bill Alstrom, a 74-year-old man living in Acton, Massachusetts, does not support direct interventions to each family to promote vaccination.

Although often considered a simple conservative mentality, vaccine hesitancy in the US is also political and cultural for many reasons, so changing thinking requires a long process.

Shareese Harris, a church employee in New York, worries that the vaccine may have long-term side effects and was rushed into use.

Experts warn that boycotts and sanctions against unvaccinated people could backfire, stifling efforts at dialogue and outreach, as some officials in Los Angeles County have refused to do.

`Anything that reduces the opportunity for sincere dialogue and persuasion is bad. We all access separate streams of information and are in our own information echo chambers,` Stephen Thomas, professor of

Gentle and persistent persuasion motivated Dorrett Denton, a 62-year-old woman living in New York, to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in February. Denton’s superiors repeatedly advised her to get vaccinated, but in the end,

`The doctor reiterated that she had operated on me many times since 1999, and asked me if I trusted her with my life. I answered yes,` Denton said.

`Then the doctor said to continue to trust her this time,` Denton said.

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