“Everybody wants a vaccine,” a random Facebook “friend” that I didn’t recognize said to me in a comment about the President’s push to have a vaccine for the coronavirus soon. Someone replied with, “Literally everyone.” That’s when the debate ensued on my normally quiet Facebook page. I had to turn off notifications on my phone because it became too annoying.
The gist of the argument that transpired on my Facebook post is the same argument that’s going to occur in the real world as we get closer to having a COVID-19 vaccine. To some, it’s the sign of victory they’ve been waiting for as they remain cooped up in their homes. For others, it’s a sign of defeat and government control as they see it as something that will be rushed with limited benefits and potential harm. Warnings of it being the “mark of the beast” even popped up as many claimed it will be mandatory, that those who do not have it will not be able to buy or sell as the Book of Revelation details.
Personally, I’m not a fan of vaccines. I do not get the flu vaccine and, oddly enough, haven’t had the flew in decades. I’m not one who actively goes after the pro-vaccine crowd, but I’m very quick to call out those who try to quash the scientific arguments against vaccines. Big Pharma is very much invested in making sure the anti-vaxxers are stifled, which instantly makes me skeptical about their motives as well as about vaccines.
Nevertheless, the majority of Americans believe in vaccines and want a COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible. That’s why this debate is going to continue to pop up and possibly dominate discussions on social media, especially after this announcement:
President Trump delivered another dose of optimism in the race to generate a COVID-19 vaccine on Friday when he announced a public-private partnership as part of what he called “Operation Warp Speed” to develop cure “by the end of the year.”
“This is an endeavor unlike anything our country has seen since the Manhattan Project…No one has seen anything like we’re doing now within our country since the second world war. Incredible,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden.
“That means big and it means fast,” Trump continued. “It’s objective is to finish developing and then to manufacture and distribute a proven coronavirus vaccine…prior to the end of the year. I think we’re going to have some very good results coming out very quickly.”
Could it be mandatory? Possibly. Could those who get the vaccine also be given some sort of identifying document—such as a bracelet or (gasp!) a mark—saying they have had the vaccine? Possibly. The turmoil and fear surrounding the coronavirus has been strong enough to take people who were once staunch supporters of liberty and turn them into lukewarm supporters of draconian measures.
Whatever your stance on the coronavirus vaccine, it’s important to arm yourself with information. It’s one thing to agree that a vaccine should be available. It’s another thing altogether to believe vaccines should be made mandatory.
A majority of Americans want a vaccine. That’s their prerogative. But if proponents of a coronavirus vaccine start calling for it to be mandatory, patriots must stand up and fight for choice whether they’re getting the vaccine themselves or not.
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