Sunday, October 24, 2021

Lim: No right

Wide awake

People are dying. So, no, I don’t want to hear your flawed arguments about your body and your right to do with it as you wish. On all other matters, I would probably agree with you in this regard. But not on this.

Not on protecting the vulnerable. Not on stopping preventable deaths. Not on using the most powerful weapon in our arsenal today to fight this virus and end this pandemic. Not on vaccination.

Because what you do or don’t do with your body affects all of us.

You may not believe in vaccines. But there must be someone, other than yourself, that you care deeply for. Parents. Children. Siblings. Friends. Colleagues. Relatives. Spouse. Partner. Significant other.

People who would suffer immensely should the virus strike you. People who would be troubled, worried sick, financially burdened should you fall ill. People whose lives would be upended or negatively impacted should you die.

You may not believe in vaccines. But there must be someone else in this life you love, value, cherish. Someone you don’t want to suffer, lose one’s life prematurely or whose death you’d want to prevent if you could, should the virus strike them.

Well, you can — you can save a life by getting yourself vaccinated.

Or maybe you care only for money. Well, the money will not flow if this pandemic continues. Those who want to keep people safe are not out to destroy the economy. When people call out events, activities and policies detrimental to public health, are they economic terrorists? Or are they health heroes?

No one wins when people fall ill and die. Not even the economy you so want to revive.

So many deaths. Already. So, enough. Enough of these irrational fears.

Whether it’s the processed food you stuff yourself with or the pills you pop — know that they all have side effects. But you imbibe. Still. And for reasons not even remotely related to saving your life or the lives of others.

And why be scared of a hidden microchip tracking you? Your phone’s been tracking you for years which is why it knows you better than your spouse. It’s the phone on your night stand, not the shot in your arm you should be worried about.

By remaining unvaccinated, you open the door for the virus to walk into our communities, destroying everything in its path.

Imagine all of us living in one house. While the rest of us are keeping all our bedroom doors locked to stay safe from a serial killer roaming our communities, you leave the front door wide open, inviting the killer to walk in and massacre all of us.

You have the right to do with your body as you wish but not when that right impinges on the public’s right to be safe and free from harm.

So, no, you don’t have the right to refuse vaccination. Not when staying unvaccinated exposes everybody to disease, danger and death.


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