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Episode #903: You Are Not a Horse
First Broadcast: 9/6/21
Repeated: 9/20/21
Since the overwhelming majority of people who are suffering infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19 now are unvaccinated, and since all 3 authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. are free, you'd think people would be falling all over each other to get vaccinated if they haven't done so already, but you'd be wrong! Apparently, a sizable number of Americans would rather take a chance ingesting veterinary medicine meant for horses that hasn't been proven to prevent hospitalization or worse from COVID at all, than take vaccines that have been proven to prevent the worst outcomes of COVID among the millions of Americans who have taken them. Not only that, but more than a few Americans would rather pay hundreds of dollars to get a fake proof-of-vaccination card that could subject them to fines and imprisonment, even though--as we keep saying--a genuine vaccine and the card that proves you received it are both FREE. You would think the increasing number of right-wingers who railed against vaccines and then died from COVID might be a sign that vaccines are a good thing, or that the number of people insisting that COVID is a hoax even while they're dying from it would be a clue that maybe getting vaccinated is a good idea after all, but too many people seem to think that vaccination is a "personal choice" that only affects themselves and no one else, even though every person who could get vaccinated but remains unvaccinated becomes a potential spreader of COVID to those who can't yet get vaccinated--namely children under the age of 12--and the increasing number of people under 12 getting infected with COVID in states like Florida, where COVID positivity rates soared upwards over the summer, seems to prove that refusing vaccination puts those younger people in danger just as much as it does for those who are refusing the vaccines. So, is there any chance that the people who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 yet would maybe--MAYBE--get vaccinated to make life a little safer for the children who can't get vaccinated yet themselves? Is it at all possible for them to think of someone besides themselves for once? Of course, if they could think of other people, maybe so many of them wouldn't have voted for Trump...

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