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Do we want a vaccine for cussed?

What’s it about Alabamians that they received’t get vaccinated for COVID-19? Vaccinations are free and simply accessible far and wide. But, Alabama is second lowest solely to “Thank God for Mississippi” within the quantity of people that have been vaccinated for the coronavirus.

SMH! And once more.

Right here’s a vaccine, developed in file time, that may virtually assure you received’t get the virus, however even when by some probability you do, it received’t kill you. But Alabamians in massive numbers aren’t getting that vaccine. Oh, they’re getting COVID – greater than 545,000 up to now. And individuals are nonetheless dying. Proper now. As we speak.

Now, even kids as younger as 12 years outdated may be vaccinated, and that’s a superb factor. The Washington Publish reported Friday {that a} new research reveals “practically one-third of the 12- to 17-year-olds who have been hospitalized with Covid-19 throughout a surge of instances earlier this yr required intensive care, and 5 p.c required mechanical air flow.”

Would you like faculties to reopen within the fall with full school rooms? Get your child vaccinated (and your self, when you’re at it). What about holidays to the seaside or mountains? Musical live shows? Stay theater? Only a night time on the motion pictures? Get vaccinated, dudes and dudettes.

There isn’t any 5G chip. Or if there’s, mine isn’t working (wink-wink).

I used to be totally vaccinated in February. At UAB, the place I train, there have been quick vaccinations for workers. After all, front-line health-care employees have been first, as they need to have been. However different school and employees, particularly these holding in-person or hybrid courses, have been near the entrance of the road, too.

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Due to the excessive vaccination price throughout the College of Alabama System, my 4 courses within the fall are listed as face-to-face. We’ll be again to regular, although I nonetheless might put on a masks or protect.

My spouse, who has some important underlying well being points and a compromised immune system, was vaccinated at a Walmart in March. I acquired the Pfizer vaccine; she acquired the Moderna. Neither of us had any important side-effects.

As we speak, you’ll be able to virtually present up at any pharmacy and get a free vaccine, even should you’re a walk-up.

I went to vaccines.gov, typed in my ZIP code, and located practically 50 locations inside seven miles of my residence the place I might get vaccinated if I wanted one. I don’t as a result of I acquired vaxxed on the first alternative.

President Biden set a aim within the nation of 70 p.c of People having a minimum of one dose of the vaccine by July 4. The nation will probably make that aim; Alabama received’t.

In a report by The New York Instances, Alabama isn’t predicted to hit 70 p.c vaccinated for greater than a yr from now  That’s shameful, nevertheless it’s typical for Alabama, the “We Dare Defend Our Wrongs” state.

Perhaps if excessive faculties, schools and universities prohibited unvaccinated people from attending soccer video games within the fall, we might enhance that variety of vaccinations. There are only a few issues in our state {that a} soccer recreation received’t clear up. 

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Conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers, and curmudgeons oppose so-called vaccine passports. These could be playing cards that might show you’ve been totally vaccinated. I’ve one on my iPhone. In some way, these tough, cantankerous individuals imagine this someway is a violation of their constitutional rights.

Actually? We feature driver licenses. We present our Medicare or insurance coverage playing cards on the physician to show we’ve got protection. I carry an ID card at UAB to open the buildings I train in. I’ve acquired no drawback with any of that, or with the “scary” vaccination passport.

Get vaccinated, Alabama. Don’t preserve proving to the remainder of the nation that we actually don’t have very good individuals right here. That we’re not group gamers.

That we imagine a virus that has killed practically 600,000 People and greater than 11,000 in Alabama doesn’t actually exist.

We now have COVID vaccines. Perhaps we want a vaccine for cussed, too.

Joey Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize winner, writes this column most weeks for Alabama Political Reporter. Electronic mail: [email protected] 

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