Vaccinations Are All About ‘One for all, and All for One’

by on August 18, 2021 · 6 comments

in From the Soul, Health

by Ernie McCray 

So, only 60% of us Americans are vaccinated to protect ourselves and everybody else from the ravages of Covid-19?

That’s a sad scene.

Know what I mean?

That’s telling a killer virus to just do its thing.

And Covid, bound by rules set down by Mother Nature (remember her?) has no choice but to run free – which it is doing incredibly, spreading like a wind fueled prairie brush fire, giving into Mother Nature’s propensity, every now and then, for thinning human populations.

And to think that there are about 2.5 billion people who don’t even have access to vaccinations.

And I can’t help but wonder how the problem can be fixed as there’s not a lot to work with.

I mean you’ve got two groups right away who can’t be swayed to get a couple of shots for the wellbeing of humanity: those diehard “anti-vaxxers” you see on TV, caught up in lies like marks, like suckers taken in by hustlers selling snake oil – and, of course, the MAGA folks foolishly fighting for their “civil right” to die tragically.

So, who do we have left to help knock a disease to its knees?

Well, there are folks around who really don’t think Covid is all that bad and there are those who simply fear that the vaccination will harm them some day in some way, wondering if getting vaccinated will, say, affect their children who are yet to be born or if it might trigger health issues they already have like diabetes or being prone to having blood clots and what not.

Some African Americans are stymied with memories of how Black people have historically been misused in medical research like the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study designed to find out what untreated syphilis can do to human beings.

And I get it. But I wish people would, rather than indulge in their fears of the unknown, take their chances with what’s known about the Covid-19 vaccines.

I’d like to see them gamble on how the doses have greatly lessened the virus’ ability to kill or leave our loved ones and friends subject to severe gastrointestinal symptoms or to extreme fatigue and shortness of breath or to feeling frighteningly fuzzy and sleepless and feverish and anxious and depressed.

I want them to think of how it’s very unlikely that a reaction to the vaccination could be more detrimental or equal to medical issues such as these that can last for months or for the rest of someone’s lifetime.

A huge part of the problem, though, in erasing Covid-19 from our lives, is we Americans seem to want to hearken to our country’s swaggy-like rugged individualism traditions.

But this isn’t about being “totally self-reliant” and “independent” or any other such sentiments.

What’s in front of us calls on us to rise beyond ourselves and think about everybody else on the planet as we’re more dependent on each other than at any time in our lives.

We’re in, if you will, a Three Musketeers, “One for all, all for one” kind of situation.

And we can’t succeed without many more of us getting a vaccination.

Seems like such a simple solution. Doesn’t it?

Damn I hope these people get with it.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jake Ryan Raigoza August 18, 2021 at 6:52 pm

true dat


Thomas Gayton August 20, 2021 at 6:39 pm

i hope so too but we shall see if MAGA minions accept reality.


sealintheSelkirks August 20, 2021 at 8:58 pm

Ernie, Up here in Washington State a new mask mandate from Gov Inslee goes into effect on Monday. Feds never should have changed that as I’ve never stopped wearing one in public. As of last week this mountain county has a 30% vaccination rate that isn’t growing even with the front page headline in Chewelah’s weekly paper saying: ‘COVID activity exploding in the region.’

Which was a pretty daring statement for a paper that doesn’t want to piss the majority RED voters off…

Unfortunately these people are obviously not going to get it as I’m nearly the only person wearing a mask in town when I’m out and about. At Safeway and the Post Office only employees are still wearing them; not at the pizza & brew pub, gas stations, restaurants etc. Wide open for a massive infection rate with cases tripling in the last two weeks with 75% being Delta and rest Gamma or Alpha variants, hospitals over-full and turning away people scheduled for surgeries including down in Spokane’s big ones, and the ‘it’s all a hoax’ marches on in too many empty minds… This really isn’t good.

Best to you, wear a mask and be dang careful down there.



Shirley Sprinkles August 21, 2021 at 10:05 am

Me too!


sealintheSelkirks August 22, 2021 at 11:22 am

Study says better masks are needed:

Study supports widespread use of better masks to curb COVID-19 indoors
Most common masks, due to fit, filter only about 10 per cent of exhaled aerosol droplets

A new study is highlighting a need for widespread use of better face masks and the importance of good ventilation to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 indoors.

More from this Canadian University:
University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

Last updated: August 16, 2021

Latest updates

August 16: Mandatory vaccination and attestation
Further context and details on our approach to prioritizing the health and safety of our campus community and our commitment to ensuring that as many of our community as possible are fully vaccinated.
Read the full memo from the president and vice-chancellor and vice-president, academic and provost

At least Canada schools aren’t messing with this virus because they want their ‘freedom’ to get people sick…



Virginia Franco August 24, 2021 at 2:25 pm

How does one convince beloved family just how deadly Covid-19 can be. Why is it so many youth swear to absorb what they believe from one or other;those so-called great leaders or those who “Know It Alls”; likely, innocents, pruning themselves toward a possible closeness to death?
To date, my two living grown-ups (son Jim Van Guilder died several years ago) do not believe they might leave the rest of our older family, sooner than they think.
I mourn ahead of time for my family; all in preparation for a possible, & horrible likely outcome.


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