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Vaccine Boosters for Some, Anti-vax for Others

I’m in the “give me the booster” category.

I, and likely you too, have been watching the mandatory vaccination saga play out across the United States. The most disturbing part for me are the first responders who are fighting back on the policy for everyone to get vaccinated.

Maybe in small departments they have not had one of their own die from COVID-19. Maybe they are so set on “their right to die” that they feel no one can tell them what to do. Really? Try driving on the wrong side of the street and see if someone tells you “you have to comply.”

Then there is the military and some holdouts there in the ranks. The numbers are not clear yet, but there are bound to be some who are refusing vaccinations. For anyone contemplating entering the military who feels entitled to their individual rights — the military is not the place for you. You give those up when you raise your hand. Do you think that an organization which can send you into combat, to your possible death, does not have the authority to tell you to get a vaccine?

As for boosters, my wife and I got ours on Monday night at a local drug store. Moderna, should anyone care, and yes, I did not feel all that well 24 hours later — not as bad as my second dose, but still I went to bed early. Then the next day I was fine. I actually like not feeling good from getting the shot, since it tells me it is working. The sore arm persisted for another two days and now it’s nothing.

Please get vaccinated! Or, as it might be expressed in the United States Army, “That’s an order!”
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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