Three Lame Arguments for the Covid Vaccine
Because of all the writing I do, I subscribe to a diverse group of news sites: liberal, progressive, conservative, libertarian, religious, conservative Christian. I was curious when I received an e-mail from a conservative Christian ministry with the subject line of “A Word about Covid Vaccines.” The word turned out to be over 6,000 words, much of them in defense of the Covid vaccine.
Although the author says that he considers the vaccine issue to be a personal choice, and is not advising anyone to get the vaccine or not to get it, he wants to push back against the anti-Covid vaccine frenzy. He doesn’t believe the vaccine is dangerous, and says he has taken one of the vaccines to facilitate international travel without quarantine.
The author is known as a researcher, as am I. He claims to have received probably hundreds of links to anti-Covid vaccine material, and to have looked at a lot of them, tested them as best as he could, prayed about it, and discussed it with many brethren, as have I. He laments that the Covid vaccine issue has divided churches, as do I.
But our conclusions are totally different.
The author makes three main arguments in defense of the Covid vaccine, all of them quite lame.
1. I don’t personally know anyone who has died or suffered permanent injury from the vaccine.
The author is in contact with a lot of people around the world, knows people that have died of Covid, and knows a lot of people who have been vaccinated, but doesn’t know of anyone who has died, suffered permanent injury, or has had a problem with the vaccine. The implication, of course, is that these things haven’t happened.
This first argument is the most laughable. I don’t know of anyone who has ever been raped, but this doesn’t mean that no one has ever been raped. I don’t know of anyone who has ever been murdered, but this doesn’t mean that no one has ever been murdered. I don’t know of anyone who has ever been molested as a child, but this doesn’t mean that no one has ever been molested as a child. I don’t know of anyone who has ever had his house burn down, but this doesn’t mean that no one has ever had his house burn down. I don’t know of anyone who has ever been bitten by a shark, but this doesn’t mean that no one has ever been bitten by a shark.
2. The VAERS is not a dependable database.
The U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is “a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines.” It is not “operated” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) like the author says, but is “co-managed” by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administra
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