COVID-19: The Un-Vaccinated

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With everyone clamoring to get vaccinated, I am among the minority where I usually reside. I wasn’t planning to get vaccinated, but once friends started getting their vaccine, I felt a noose around my neck. Pressure to get vaccinated so I could once again go places and socialize. Given the severity of racism and violence against Black people, I am not sure I want to go anywhere, anyway.

I attempted to get vaccinated three times, and each time, something came up. From my perspective, there was no great push to get people like me vaccinated in the state of MA. For now, no Covid vaccine for me. If I get Covid and die, it was meant to be. I can part with that knowledge.

Furthermore, I don’t trust the healthcare system to care for me if there was a complication–I would be told that’s impossible! If I died from the vaccine, it would be attributed to something else. With such a biased and corrupt healthcare system, I am gonna take my chances with nature.

Anyone feeling the same?

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  • Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

11 thoughts on “COVID-19: The Un-Vaccinated

  1. I share your train of thought. Besides, all the contradictory “information” about Covid-19 that’s put on my plate day in day out, I as a layman can only make a decision based on my gut feelings.

    I was (certainly during my time in the army) vaccinated against a lot of stuff. So far, though, while according to the “experts” I’m one of the “hyper-vulnerable” ones, up till now, I have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 either😛

  2. Hi Angela, just wanted to let you know I agree with you no vaccine for me! The number of coronavirus positives and deaths are greatly inflated and the vaccine itself is still in the experimental phase and the public are the guinea pigs. We will see the real results several months down the line.

  3. I hear you right there. While I’m not an anti-vaxxer and some of the conspiracy theories I’ve heard from that camp can be really stupid like the infamous COVID vaccine=mark of the beast theory, I do have caution about this situation. Sure, I’m no medical expert, but I know other vaccines have taken longer to be effective before being given to the masses. Even then, there could still be flaws even if it took a year and a half, 2 years plus before public usage.

    1. Curtis, I am not an anti-vaxxer. I just don’t trust healthcare system and I definitely don’t trust the public health system to look out for our welfare. If they could pick us off with medication, trust me they would do it. They are doing it.

      In addition, I see a virus that is on the severe end of the flu spectrum. However, we are being led to believe this virus is more deadly than it is. A significant number of the deaths early on was due to treatment. When the dust settles we might find that a significant number of deaths was not from Covid but rather malpractice, especially, in Black patients.

      1. I know you’re not an anti-vaxxer. Sorry if I didn’t clarify that and I wasn’t accusing you of being one. I certainly don’t want to feel like a crash test dummy and I’ve become more aware of medical racism besides obvious examples such as the Tuskegee experiment.

        Interesting point you brought up since I do know people such as friends, co-workers, and a couple of supervisors who got it that are all okay now. Okay, there was one acquaintance who told me he couldn’t smell or taste though, but I don’t know if he’s still having that issue (this was several months ago when he told me). One concern could be misdiagnosis like someone having garden variety flu, but testing positive because of “COVID-like symptoms” for instance.

        1. I didn’t think you meant me as anti-vaxxer. Good point. I am not sure of the specificity of the various covid tests. That would give the false positive rate. I will look that up. The focus has been on sensitivity and not much was said about specificity.

          1. That’s good and thank you. I have wondered about the accuracy of these tests since someone could have the flu or a cold. That or they could be asymptomatic which is a whole other can of worms. Besides that, it has been interesting seeing how various countries handle it like the corona-bots in Rwanda even though you weren’t a fan of the blue eyes or Senegal having effective 3D printed ventilators for example. I remember last year reading religiously about the world stats for COVID and how it took at least a month and longer for Uganda or Lesotho to get their first cases.

            1. Surprisingly, African countries did much better than the US. Their death rate was a fraction of ours, and remember, Africa, is a continent. With their limited budget, their infection and death rate were a fraction of ours. Yet, in this country, Black people were at high risk for death. Fauci said it was pre-existing conditions and could do nothing. He lied. If we did a deep dive, I am pretty sure the disparity in death rate was partly due to discrimination leading to healthcare negligence. I tear up when I think of their last moments. They were probably tortured on their death beds in the hospital.

            2. Definitely. The positive rates and death rates were far lower. Even today, both rates are significantly less than in America and you can even put the Caribbean there, too. It certainly was sketchy hearing from the medical experts. I wouldn’t be surprised with any negligence that’s not reported which is sad to think about.

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