Oh, for heaven’s sake, the reason some people are not getting the Covid-19 vaccine has little to do with the right wing raging against an assault on their freedom of choice or the left wing’s fear that these shots will make their sainted little ones total idiots. And it isn’t the effects of the Trump’s hordes refusing the vaccine either. Even Trump stuck his shoulder out and took one for the team, meaning the human race.
No, so-called vaccine hesitancy is because the television news shows have been endlessly showing people taking those shots in the arm. Viewers first get to see the syringe being loaded with vaccine and then the needle shoved into the poor victim’s arm. Brown people, black people, white people, albinos, young people, old people, nearly dead people; you name the group—and sooner or later one of them gets needled right there on national television. In fact, many get needled on every segment on every news show when the discussion is the vaccine.
Two nights ago, I saw a collage of four people get the jab simultaneously. The screen was divided into four boxes and in each was a poor schnook getting pincered. That threw me over the edge and almost had me throwing my large bowl of ice cream at the television.
Needle in arms; needle in arms, needle in arms. It is not an inspiring sight. It is a frightening sight and these segments are scaring people away from getting the shots. That’s the unvarnished truth.
Look, I believe in the vaccines. I always have my flu shot, each and every year. I’ve had my pneumonia vaccines, my shingles vaccine and my Covid-19 vaccines, including the booster. I have no idea how many vaccines I’ve actually experienced in my life. I am in favor of protecting myself against the horrors of disease. My children and grandchildren have been vaccinated against an amazing number of diseases. They have all turned out to be good people, smart people—not GPS-infused zombies.
I do not want to see any more people getting shots in their arms. Enough already! There are probably more people on television news shows getting vaccinated than in real life.
In my life I have only been afraid of three things: needles, nuclear war and nuns. You don’t get to see two of these three on television much. But those needles? Ugh!
So, news producers, you’re actually stopping people from getting in line to join the jabbed ones.
Stop these segments right now! Stop them, please, for heaven’s sake stop them for the good or the nation and the good of the world. If you are lacking news stories, perhaps throw in a segment or two about nuclear war…or nuns.
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