Brain Freeze

She said she had decided to get the booster after being encouraged by family members and her doctor. She had to consult with everyone first. I understand that I’m not her, I’m not nearly 90 years old. She may have concerns about side effects, given her age. But it was something else alongside her predictable concern that had me realizing she’s jumped on the freedom and rights bandwagon. That no one should be forced to get the vaccine.

She said it was hard to know what to do.

My immediate thought was, “No. It’s not hard at all!” It’s just that there is and has been a mystifying resistance to this readily available weapon in our embarrassingly feeble and unnecessarily prolonged fight against Covid-19. It’s not hard at all. You get the vaccine. You get the booster.

I talked things over with my doctor, too, but I wasn’t looking for reasons not to get it. I was hoping for—and got—what I’m thinking is the implied sentiment from many a GP across the nation—it’s a fucking no-brainer. Get the shot(s), get the booster, keep the god-awful virus at bay, do your part to keep food off its plate.

Your doctor will tell you if there is any actual reason not to get vaccinated. Just don’t let your final decision be based on what the anti-experts and pond scum at Fox News are spewing. It’s not hard. It’s never been hard, though it has been a matter of listening to people who actually know what they’re talking about.

Ah, freedom. To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, I don’t think that word means what you think it means. Think. You have a brain. Use your head for something besides a hat rack.

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