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By Kent McManigal
Local columnist 

Opinion: Is vaccine really worth celebrating?


Last updated 12/22/2020 at 4:20pm

As soon as a COVID-19 vaccine was announced, the debate began over who should get it first. To me, the answer was obvious: Give it to the politicians first. They want to be called “leaders;” let them lead for once.

This win/win solution should make everyone happy.

People who love government are generally going to be the people most likely to trust the vaccine. They probably believe politicians are valuable. They’d believe using the vaccine on the politicians first would be safe and would protect them.

Those who aren’t as fond of government and politicians are probably not going to trust the vaccine as much. They’d probably be glad to see politicians used as lab rats.

If the vaccine is safe, the politicians survive and others can then try it. If it turns out the vaccine was a bit rushed, and not as safe as initially advertised, no real harm done. You can always recruit more politicians later — if you must.

If this past year taught us anything, it taught us to not trust experts when politics is involved. If you are not skeptical about this first-ever vaccine for any kind of coronavirus, which was rushed through the process, then you haven’t been paying attention to the history of pharmaceuticals. I want to see what happens over time to those who took it before I decide if I’m going to. Especially if it becomes mandatory.

I’m not anti-vaccine, but I’m anti-"mandatory” every time.

I’m not interested in seeing famous people getting vaccinated on television. How do I know that’s really the vaccine and not glucose? Who makes decisions based on what famous people do? Most of them didn’t get famous for being smart or making good decisions. If you follow the examples of famous people you’re probably in serious danger. If they are famous for being politicians, it’s even worse.

I suppose the cat’s out of the bag now, though. It’s too late to let politicians go first.

Now we are being told the vaccine may only be effective for a couple of months, and having been vaccinated doesn’t mean you can dispense with the face mask and the anti-social “social distancing,” nor will it mean the end of the shutdowns. So what’s the point? Will this vaccine raise the survival rate from 99.6% up to 99.7%? I’m unconvinced.

Whatever happens, I wish you a very merry healthy Christmas.

Farwell’s Kent McManigal champions liberty. Contact him at:

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