I just don't get how people don't understand vaccine hesitancy, especially in very fit and healthy people. There have been several athletes who have lost their careers, at least for the time being, due to adverse side effects of the vaccine, especially myocarditis. I personally know 3 people who've ended up in hospital after the vaccine, one of them fighting for his life in the ICU.
Now, this wouldn't be an issue if vaccine related illness and death was treated seriously, but you have issues like professional mountain biker Kyle Warner who had to put his career on hold, had a severe adverse reaction to the vaccine, and when he went to the emergency room the first time because his resting pulse rate was over 150, he was told he should go to a mental hospital because he's having a psychotic episode.
World Champion free diver Florian Dagoury was diagnosed with Myopericarditis as a result of the vaccine, and it looks like his career is done, over. Due solely to the vaccine.
What's scary isn't so much the bad side effects, it's the fact that no one is taking these people seriously, ignoring these stories, and many people are hesitant because they don't want to end up in that same position. Especially very healthy and fit people, generally know that Covid does not pose a risk to their health, so adding additional risk is not something that makes them comfortable.
Also, we've come so far in being able to treat Covid, and there doesn't seem to be anyone concentrating on treatment, especially for those that want to avoid the vaccine. There is a doctor in Poland that was treating Parkinsons patients with Amantadine when the pandemic broke out, and he noticed that none of the patients who contracted covid had any serious symptoms, and none needed hospitalization. He started prescribing it to all of his coivd patients, with somewhere a perfect success rate of keeping people out of the hospital, and the Polish government stopped him from the ability to practice. And made it almost impossible to get Amantadine prescribed.
Since then there have been proper scientific studies done, or ones that are currently in progress that show the same results. So why not just make this, and the other treatments, widely available?
And then there is the excuse "Well I got the vaccine and I feel perfectly fine". Well, that's great. I had covid, and felt a little weak for one day only, and I feel perfectly fine.
The issue here is choice, if someone gets the vaccine and dies or gets permanent lifelong illness, as many have, do any of you pushing the vaccine on everyone care? No, you don't care at all, that's the part you all ignore.
I'm vaccinated, by the way, so spare yourself that part of your response.
I work in healthcare. Since the start of the Pandemic I have treated too many COVID patients to count. Everything from people with mild cases who were just understandably nervous about COVID to people who died from the virus, and everything in between. In that same time period I have treated exactly one person who had a complaint due to the vaccine....a healthy young woman who fainted because she had a fear of needles. In my hospital system, at last check, of the 700+ patients who had died of COVID, less than 5 were fully vaccinated.
Are there adverse reactions to the vaccines? Of course. But they are tremendously rare. So rare that a person's odds of having a severe or even fatal bout with COVID dwarf them.
Last winter at my hospital, before vaccines were available for the general public, the surge absolutely decimated us. Our ICUs were at capacity, which was a major issue because we were a major receiving hospital that took on critical patients from across the state. We received a call from a hospital 500 miles away asking about a transfer for a severely ill middle-aged man with COVID who had no comorbidities but was now on a ventilator and needed ECMO just to have a chance at survival. We were the 10th hospital they called. We turned them down because we had a waiting list full of people just like him and nowhere to put him.
The ICUs are not filled with people with vaccine-related injuries. They are filled with unvaccinated COVID patients. People who take up critical ICU space and make it much more difficult for people who are suffering from heart attacks, strokes, vehicle accidents, etc. to receive care. People who are in the ICU because of their own choices who are now depriving others of medical care.
Without exception, every single person that was anti-vaccine that I have met also believed last year that COVID was fake. That we were "fudging the numbers" for some reason. That we were part of a conspiracy involving hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers. I used to feel bad for these people when they caught COVID and struggled to breathe, but now I feel nothing at all.