Of the 300,000 people in Ireland still unvaccinated, most at this stage by choice, it seems many found the time, not to protect themselves by getting vaccinated, but to abuse me on Twitter when I expressed relief that the Covid digital cert will remain in place for indoor settings.
hose of us who are pro-health policy, pro-data and pro-science know anti-vaxxers who have wandered down an online rabbit hole; whose sister’s friend has somehow garnered more than the sum of human medical knowledge and warned them of the great conspiracy.
Obviously there are a small number of people who can’t get the vaccine for legitimate health or other reasons but my comments are directed at the anti-vaxxers.
Aside from a deluge of anonymous trolls who daren’t give identification to their tweets calling me a Nazi and a fascist and superimposing me on anti-Semitic posters, one Fianna Fail county councillor used his public platform to tell me Hitler would “love” me.
I don’t know Noel Thomas. He is, however, a member of a party in government whose policy has mandated vaccination and Covid certificates.
We may not like or agree with some measures, but that’s what we have our words for. A public representative articulate enough to get himself elected should be able to find better words.
Rather than invoking the Third Reich, if he feels so strongly about his own party’s stance he could always resign. But it requires far less courage to tweet, doesn’t it?
Following my complaint, Fianna Fail headquarters said: “He was told the post was completely inappropriate and to immediately remove the offending post and to apologise, which he did.”
In fact, he apologised to “anyone that may have been offended”.
In the heady days of March 2020, I too wondered if we weren’t over-reacting about Covid.
Data and science from people far more qualified than I proved I was wrong; this was deadly important. So I became immersed in finding out more and doing the right thing for me, my family and society.
A zealot? No more than the next human being on the lookout for their neighbour, but when the vaccine and Covid certs emerged as requirements to reopen, they seemed obvious.
So, if we’re using non-inflammatory words, here are mine: I’m happy I’ll be drinking and dining only with other vaccinated people. I’m gratified vaccine deniers are excluded for everyone’s safety, mostly their own. I don’t hate them. I feel pity for them.
Here are the words of experts: 75pc of those in ICU are unvaccinated, despite making up only 7pc of the population. Their choice not to come forward for a vaccine is having a disproportionate impact in hospitals – Dr Ronan Glynn.
The unvaccinated are hugely, disproportionately represented in ICU – Paul Reid, HSE.
Everyone has someone who loves them. Don’t become a statistic. Please.