Here is a problematic scenario for the vaccination syndrome: a group of us are playing Pickleball outside. I’m waiting with one of my friends, a doctor, chatting about the shift in culture — we’ve made it through. We’re all here, fully vaccinated, playing Pickleball. Quite a contrast from the beginning of the crisis when several of us insisted on wearing masks while playing, even though we were outside (we do come close to one another when playing partners).
My friend, Milton (pseudonym), says to the others who are playing while we’re waiting to get in the game, “Everyone here is vaccinated, right?”
One of the players, John (pseudonym) doesn’t answer. There is a pause, followed by a brief back and forth about the problem with staying unvaccinated and why one wouldn’t want to get vaccinated. We could see the hackles rise on the back of John’s neck.
None of us wanted to confront John. But we were all surprised that there was a person among us who wouldn’t get vaccinated. John insisted that we didn’t have to worry (he quoted Faucci) because we were all vaccinated.
There seems to be a reasonable chance that John, clearly an anti-vaxer, might get CV (he also clearly is an anti-masker, too) and spread it to us [the evidence seems to be that although vaxed; we can get it and then spread it to others who, like my granddaughters, are unprotected]. The chance is small — but I belong to a family pod that still has some strict rules about exposing ourselves and possibly spreading to the children in the pod.
There is, of course, a bigger problem. the larger the number of anti-vaxers, the larger the spread of CV among themselves and even to the protected. In other words, they are not helping the larger community fight the spread and mutation of the virus.
We of course did not get this far in our Pickleball conversation. People being people, the gist of the situation spread like a virus among the players on all the courts (three of them filled with players).
Pretend you are a sociologist and imagine the consequences of this scenario. Personally, I felt sorry for John (I know, my anti-vax friends will think my sympathy is misplaced); still, I think that people who refuse for their strange reasons to be vaccinated are imagining their personal freedom of choice is more important than the welfare of the community.
The consequence among a group of people who are, shall we say, more community and science-based than those insisting on the dangers of vaccinations and their freedom of choice is however uncomfortable a certain amount of social discrimination.