Kyrie Irving, Vaccine Shaming and the New Divide in America

Kyrie Irving, Vaccine Shaming and the New Divide in America

A lot of times this question is not an attempt to get an answer from you, but an opportunity to tell you why you should get vaccinated. Some people have labeled this vaccination shaming, which basically means what it says. Some folks have cast a negative light on the unvaccinated citizens and lowkey attribute them to be part of the problem on why this pandemic still exists.  

Of course, this is false because some people who have been vaccinated and restrict their interaction only to other people who have been vaccinated still have caught the virus. According to an October article on CNBC, the effectiveness of the Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine has decreased since it has been introduced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Israeli health officials have found that the effectiveness of taking the two shots has dropped from a peak of 88% a month after receiving the two-shot series to 47% six months later. 

In my opinion, the uncertainty surrounding the effectiveness of the shot has led to many Americans not taking it.  According to CDC, as of October 19th, a total of 189,487,793 Americans had been fully vaccinated. That is 57.1 percent of the country’s population.  When you can take into account the number of Americans who were forced to take it based on their occupation, that number would probably drop down to 50% or lower.  

So basically, you have half of our country who won’t take the shot-based on uncertainty, a lack of necessity, religion or any other personal reason you can think of. In the case of Kyrie Irving, he went on Instagram Live to explain his position on taking the shot. 

“I am doing what’s best for me. I know the consequences here and if it means that I’m judged and demonized for that, that’s just what it is,” he said. “That’s the role I play, but I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just over this mandate.”  


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