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    This is an interesting enough tangent that I think it deserves a dedicated thread. Clearly, this pandemic will not be over until an effective vaccine is developed, tested, mass-produced, and used by large majority of the population. Given the moon-shot style effort currently underway and billions of dollars being invested, I am quite confident that the first 3 of those 4 things will happen - by the end of this year or early next year. Sadly, I am less confident of item 4. I saw a poll recently showing that 50% of Americans say they will not accept a vaccine when it is ready. I know several people personally who say the same thing. And given how incredibly stupid people are acting about masks right now, I have little doubt that vaccines will be similar.

    So what do we do? What happens if half of the population refuses to get vaccinated? Do you deny them access to public places and events? Do you just open everything up and let them suffer the consequences? If you do that, what happens when your hospitals are overwhelmed with sick anti-vaxxers?

    How did we become this stupid and anti-science? It's depressing.
    "There is no creature more arrogant than a self-righteous libertarian on the web, am I right? Those folks are just intolerable."
    "It's no secret that the great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it's sanctimony." -- Guy Periwinkle, The Nix.
    "Juilliardk N I ibuprofen Hyu I U unhurt u" - creekster

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    Originally posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    This is an interesting enough tangent that I think it deserves a dedicated thread. Clearly, this pandemic will not be over until an effective vaccine is developed, tested, mass-produced, and used by large majority of the population. Given the moon-shot style effort currently underway and billions of dollars being invested, I am quite confident that the first 3 of those 4 things will happen - by the end of this year or early next year. Sadly, I am less confident of item 4. I saw a poll recently showing that 50% of Americans say they will not accept a vaccine when it is ready. I know several people personally who say the same thing. And given how incredibly stupid people are acting about masks right now, I have little doubt that vaccines will be similar.

    So what do we do? What happens if half of the population refuses to get vaccinated? Do you deny them access to public places and events? Do you just open everything up and let them suffer the consequences? If you do that, what happens when your hospitals are overwhelmed with sick anti-vaxxers?

    How did we become this stupid and anti-science? It's depressing.
    It isn't just the anti-vaxxers who would be affected though. Much like all vaccines, there are people with health issues that can't get vaccines and are dependent on herd immunity to stay healthy.

    I imagine that all children attending public schools in Utah will be required to get the vaccine, similar to other vaccines. https://immunize.utah.gov/school-ear...nization-rule/

    Unfortunately there is an exemption for Medical (Good), religious (debatable), and Personal (bad) reasons.

    Time to at least get rid of the personal exemption.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
      This is an interesting enough tangent that I think it deserves a dedicated thread. Clearly, this pandemic will not be over until an effective vaccine is developed, tested, mass-produced, and used by large majority of the population. Given the moon-shot style effort currently underway and billions of dollars being invested, I am quite confident that the first 3 of those 4 things will happen - by the end of this year or early next year. Sadly, I am less confident of item 4. I saw a poll recently showing that 50% of Americans say they will not accept a vaccine when it is ready. I know several people personally who say the same thing. And given how incredibly stupid people are acting about masks right now, I have little doubt that vaccines will be similar.

      So what do we do? What happens if half of the population refuses to get vaccinated? Do you deny them access to public places and events? Do you just open everything up and let them suffer the consequences? If you do that, what happens when your hospitals are overwhelmed with sick anti-vaxxers?

      How did we become this stupid and anti-science? It's depressing.
      Yes. Yes. The hospitals will be fine. But businesses can require it of employees, as can public and private schools. There are ways to force enough of them to get it. By the way, this is not just a problem on the crazy right.
      When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.

      --Jonathan Swift

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      • #4
        Originally posted by beefytee View Post
        It isn't just the anti-vaxxers who would be affected though. Much like all vaccines, there are people with health issues that can't get vaccines and are dependent on herd immunity to stay healthy.

        I imagine that all children attending public schools in Utah will be required to get the vaccine, similar to other vaccines. https://immunize.utah.gov/school-ear...nization-rule/

        Unfortunately there is an exemption for Medical (Good), religious (debatable), and Personal (bad) reasons.

        Time to at least get rid of the personal exemption.
        That personal exemption makes the whole requirement meaningless. "You are required to get your kids vaccinated - unless you don't want to."
        "There is no creature more arrogant than a self-righteous libertarian on the web, am I right? Those folks are just intolerable."
        "It's no secret that the great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it's sanctimony." -- Guy Periwinkle, The Nix.
        "Juilliardk N I ibuprofen Hyu I U unhurt u" - creekster

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        • #5
          It's interesting to me how relatively prominent the anti-vaccine sentiment is among mormons. I don't remember this sentiment among the good folks of SLC while I was growing up, but from what my brother tells me it is relatively wide-spread among educated mormons and the poorly educated (I love the poorly educated!).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
            That personal exemption makes the whole requirement meaningless. "You are required to get your kids vaccinated - unless you don't want to."
            Yep, outside of some bureaucratic hoops to jump through, it makes it meaningless. Time to get rid of it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Applejack View Post
              It's interesting to me how relatively prominent the anti-vaccine sentiment is among mormons. I don't remember this sentiment among the good folks of SLC while I was growing up, but from what my brother tells me it is relatively wide-spread among educated mormons and the poorly educated (I love the poorly educated!).
              I don't quite get where that Utah gene comes from. I guess it is from our history of not wanting others to tell us what to do.

              Driving through St. George recently, I saw a minivan with the words "Moms Against Masks" and "#covidscam" written on the back window.
              Ain't it like most people, I'm no different. We love to talk on things we don't know about.

              "The only one of us who is so significant that Jeff owes us something simply because he decided to grace us with his presence is falafel." -- All-American

              GIVE 'EM HELL, BRIGHAM!

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              • #8
                My brother packed up his family and moved to Hawaii, from California, because California requires vaccines to enroll kids into school. His wife is an anti-vaxxer because she doesn't want her kids to get the autism.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
                  That personal exemption makes the whole requirement meaningless. "You are required to get your kids vaccinated - unless you don't want to."
                  Frankly, so does the religious exemption. It's super-easy to start your own church and you don't even need to have an officially organized and recognized church to claim religious exemptions for stuff. People could start the "24-Hour Church Of Antivax" [1] and claim religious exemption as easily as the personal exemption.

                  [1] A play on my favorite church, which offered legal weddings for $25 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_Hour_Church_of_Elvis

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The_Tick View Post
                    My brother packed up his family and moved to Hawaii, from California, because California requires vaccines to enroll kids into school. His wife is an anti-vaxxer because she doesn't want her kids to get the autism.
                    Vaccines don't cause autism.
                    When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.

                    --Jonathan Swift

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SeattleUte View Post
                      Vaccines don't cause autism.
                      Apparently they do damage one's snark detectors though.

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                      • #12
                        My MiL won't be getting the vaccine...well that's what she told me a month ago. She's also a DoTerra-ist and I bet that ven diagram overlaps a lot.
                        "Discipleship is not a spectator sport. We cannot expect to experience the blessing of faith by standing inactive on the sidelines any more than we can experience the benefits of health by sitting on a sofa watching sporting events on television and giving advice to the athletes. And yet for some, “spectator discipleship” is a preferred if not primary way of worshipping." -Pres. Uchtdorf

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Moliere View Post
                          My MiL won't be getting the vaccine...well that's what she told me a month ago. She's also a DoTerra-ist and I bet that ven diagram overlaps a lot.
                          I bet the Venn diagram for anti-mask and anti-vaxx is close to a perfect circle.
                          "There is no creature more arrogant than a self-righteous libertarian on the web, am I right? Those folks are just intolerable."
                          "It's no secret that the great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it's sanctimony." -- Guy Periwinkle, The Nix.
                          "Juilliardk N I ibuprofen Hyu I U unhurt u" - creekster

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Applejack View Post
                            It's interesting to me how relatively prominent the anti-vaccine sentiment is among mormons. I don't remember this sentiment among the good folks of SLC while I was growing up, but from what my brother tells me it is relatively wide-spread among educated mormons and the poorly educated (I love the poorly educated!).
                            I have a BIL who is Covid vaccine skeptic, I'm afraid to ask him if that applies to all vaccines. He lives in California. I am in the middle of Wasatch front suburbia, and I really don't run across many open anti vaxx folks. Maybe they secretly are. But even the lower SES families around us are quarentining and have their kids wear masks when they play outside. Maybe I'm just living in a pandemic bubble.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by USUC View Post
                              I have a BIL who is Covid vaccine skeptic, I'm afraid to ask him if that applies to all vaccines. He lives in California. I am in the middle of Wasatch front suburbia, and I really don't run across many open anti vaxx folks. Maybe they secretly are. But even the lower SES families around us are quarentining and have their kids wear masks when they play outside. Maybe I'm just living in a pandemic bubble.
                              Just look a littler harder. Antivaxxers flourish wherever you find "conspiracy theorists," and McNaughton paintings.

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