EDITOR, The Tribune.
From our birth to the age of 18 years we receive 16 vaccinations some via multiple doses.
They are, amongst others, polio, rubella, chickenpox, measles, diphtheria and whooping cough.
Because of vaccinations our life expectancy has gone up exponentially.
Some diseases have been eradicated by vaccination, namely smallpox, and soon polio.
Vaccinations have made our lives immeasurably better.
Over the last 12 months the world has been in the grips of COVID. Our lives and our economies have been in effect put on hold. It has been the worst year of all our lives.
Enter the scientists, the brightest people on the planet have developed in record time safe and effective vaccines to combat and hopefully defeat COVID.
The principles used to develop the COVID vaccine are identical to the existing vaccines we all receive as children.
There is no controversy about our childhood vaccines, it’s totally accepted by all sections of society.
Why then the extraordinary outcry about this vaccine?
What is the difference between this COVID vaccine and the plethora of all the other vaccines already circulating within our bodies?
Stupidity and ignorance is unfortunately and predictably the answer.
In years to come our children will receive one extra vaccine ie for COVID and the controversy will simply disappear.
Looking to the near future people who refuse the vaccine will become pariahs.
They will be unemployable. Society will deal with them harshly.
Try getting on a plane 12 months from now without the vaccine.
Try getting your job back at Atlantis or Baha Mar without the vaccine.
Whether we like it or not the world community will insist on a COVID vaccine passport in some form or another.
Hopefully COVID will disappear into history and we will all look back with relief, however I strongly suspect in the fullness of time other dreadful diseases will evolve. It’s the nature of life.
March 31, 2021.