I was thinking about politicians, celebrities, so on, getting the shots ahead of the line. People with low risk factors take the shot early when many other people who do have higher risk factors can’t get the shot. Is it advisable and fair?
I don’t know about fair, but I do think it’s advisable.
The politicians should be first in line to do the dying if something goes wrong. If you look up the Cutter polio vaccine, vaccinations have had problems. Those problems can get swept under the counter. But if senators and reps are dying from a bad vaccine, that will not get swept under the counter. The govt. gets extremely motivated when their privileges and their lives are on line. I feel safer knowing that the shot I got is the same or similar to the one they get, and I think long-term vaccine quality will improve if that same long-term vaccine quality is the string that holds the sword of Damocles over the heads of Congress.
Congress shouldn’t get the option of getting the shot. Congress, the White House Staff, and the Supreme Court should be required to get the first round at some random location. Make Mitch McConnell get round one in Lebanon. Have Joe Biden take it on the Navajo Reservation. I want politicians with some skin in the game.
Modern vaccines are pretty safe. A few hundred million people have had the covid shots. No one has gotten covid from the shot. The polio vaccine fiasco did happen, but we also did learn from it. My relentless optimism isn’t founded on denying the fiascos of the past but on recognizing we’re getting better at preventing them in the present.
Get the shot when you can. I did.