Anti-Vaxxers Explained

Viruses have been among us for centuries now. There is always a new disease that exposes our society to health danger. Considering there have been plagues, epidemics and pandemics for a long time, the implementation of vaccines since long ago is no surprise. There have always been people who believe in science, and those who don’t. An Anti-Vaxxer,  pretty much self-explained, is someone who refuses to get vaccinated, mostly due to reasons related to their safety and the fear of exposure. 

With the rise of Covid-19, the anti-vaccine movement has continued. It starts with groups of people who believe in different conspiracy theories they see online or in social media. For instance, some theories claim that the secondary effects of the Pfizer vaccine include damage to a woman’s fertility. Another myth is that once you get the vaccine, it will change your DNA. Lastly, many people who have been infected with Covid-19 before are convinced of a false immunity to the virus. These, and many other myths, have been proven and tested many times to be completely false. 

On December 11th, 2020, the Pfizer vaccine was authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration for people sixteen years or older. This was a great step during the pandemic, since for many months, no one could find any kind of solution to control the death rates due to Covid-19. Since January, vaccination processes have taken place in the US, and Pfizer vaccines have been sold to many governments in the world, so that each country could start their own vaccination program. Since the start, the United States has been the country with the larger stock of vaccines. This is why they have advanced in the vaccination campaign faster. Many countries, one of them being Peru, have suffered from a lack of vaccines. 

The United States has managed to vaccinate around 53% of its population since January 2021. Now, the missing population includes those who don’t want to get vaccinated. This is the main reason why vaccination places are almost empty. In fact, most of the people who are right now getting the vaccine in the United States are not even American. 

Even though there are Anti-Vaxxers in every country, it’s easy to say that the movement began in the United States and spread quickly to other countries. Even though there is still a group of people that can’t get vaccinated due to their health conditions, there is still a large part of the population who just refuse to get it, without any reason behind it. 

Slowly, different countries are having many restrictions. However, none includes the forced inoculation of the Covid-19 vaccine. For example, in some countries a vaccination card facilitates travel and work. There are even rumours of future plans to demand evidence of vaccination from people looking to get a bus drive. 

This is why even if it is not mandatory, it will pose restrictions to the lives of those who choose not to get vaccinated. But this it’s the only way we can get out of this. 

Lastly, we have been for such a long period of time under a pandemic alarm that now that we have a way to lighten the restrictions, we should all act responsibly towards it. By someone not getting vaccinated just because they don’t want to, they are not only putting themselves at risk, but also all the people around them. Right now, the only way we could try to make more people understand the importance of the vaccines, is by spreading awareness, everyone who is able and has the facilities to get vaccinated, with either of the vaccine options, should. That way we will all help our entire community. 

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