As a corroded baby boomer, I received my first Covid-19 vaccination. The well organized location was humming with activity but I was in and out in precisely 22 minutes, including a quarter-hour spent in an observation area that offers immediate response if anyone suffers an adverse effect. No persons were suffering apparent difficulty.
Most inoculated folks probably had the reaction noted by Michael Cole:
On TV news, we observe people demonstrating objections to vaccines and to protective health orders issued to improve community well-being. Noisy recalcitrants appear in public together, probably because joining a mob reinforces shared convictions, even ideas that lean toward lunacy.
By the action of their own behavior, the number of protesters will naturally grow smaller. After Darwin, 19th century philosopher Herbert Spencer wrote:
It cannot but happen that those individuals whose functions are most out of equilibrium with the modified aggregate of external forces, will be those to die; and that those will survive whose functions happen to be most nearly in equilibrium with the modified aggregate of external forces.
An American report illustrates:
When a bar in rural Illinois reopened in February, patrons gathered inside to celebrate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just published the details of how that gathering resulted in 46 cases of COVID-19.
But hostility to commonly accepted health practices does not come only from the foolish and the uniformed. The New Yorker published Sweden’s Pandemic Experiment, which shows highly educated policy makers can put more faith in hope and wishes than in science.
While lockdowns, curfews, and travel bans were being rolled out across the rest of the world, Swedish restaurants, stores, bars, museums, day cares, and elementary schools all remained open.,, Masks were not recommended and remained rare. Households could mix; until the end of March, even parties of up to five hundred people were allowed.
The man behind Sweden’s coronavirus response is Anders Tegnell, the country’s head epidemiologist… [Tegnell] has often said that lockdowns are not supported by science and that the evidence for mask-wearing is “weak.” His stance is a startling departure from the scientific consensus…
Tegnell said. “I mean, you’re always kind of hopeful and think that, O.K., this is something that’s going to pass over.” Soon, the per-capita death toll was among the highest in Europe…
Tegnell’s prediction of a tapering epidemic curve and quickly-attained immunity never came to pass. Sweden’s per-capita case counts and death rates have been many times higher than any of its Nordic neighbors, all of which imposed lockdowns, travel bans, and limited gatherings early on….
About a nation ruled by a man in denial where Covid-19 deaths in the last seven days are up by 35% compared to three weeks before: