When our first daughter was born, she was this amazing pure person. And then she was vaccinated against pandemic-threatening viruses over the next two years. Basically bad shit. Things your child shouldn’t get.
The whole thing fascinated me. It was a brilliant learning experience in the medical industry. How far have we gone so that people don’t get polio, influenza, hepatitis or diphtheria? Phew!
On Monday I got the booster, the second shot from Pfizer. I have this feeling in my stomach that I am safe. Not entirely sure, but clear that this thing is likely to kill me. That’s definitely reassuring.
When I saw people in masks in an extremely efficient row at the Jacob Javits Center, all patiently waiting for their shot, I paused and thought, damn, this is kind of weird that the government is damn efficient looking after us. It took a while, but we’re here. Soon we’ll all be vaccinated, and what a relief.
What do we do now? Of course the anti-vaxers are screwed and should be. After 9/11, flying from commercials became a whole different experience. Security and TSA have become normal. We’re all going to need some kind of passport now. Children need to show that they are up to date on their vaccinations if they want to go to school. We have to show that we have been vaccinated to go to a restaurant, a cinema, a basketball game and definitely to travel to another country. I agree.
The other thing is that we are going to turn left. The majority of people believe that the government, yes, this organization to which we pay taxes because we are all part of humanity, is doing a pretty good job of giving us the vaccinations for free. Look at Europe. They are still closing countries and there are curfews. It doesn’t take much to see what a good job we are doing in other countries.
This is not a political moment, but a human rights moment. Those who are far-right and who refuse to take the vaccine will seriously cut back on their daily lives as we return to the new normal.
Last year’s disruption has forced us to look closely at ourselves and our history. Remember where our ancestors came from, England. Eventually, we will take better care of our citizens and create a more equitable world where government plays an important role, from vaccinations to taxes and housing to transportation to infrastructure.
Otherwise, we’ll all end up in a world that looks and feels like the Octavia Butler book Parable of the Sower. It’s not pretty, but strangely enough, the book feels like things could get pretty bleak if we don’t change our ways.
I’m Vaxed first appeared on Gotham Gal.