It comes down to the 2nd greatest commandment from Jesus, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s as simple as that. Do we take that commandment from Jesus seriously? Then all who are eligible to get vaccinated should heed the words of Jesus and get vaccinated. Arguments for personal choice, freedom, fear, conspiracy theories, and so on, just do not hold water.
“Most people will either get vaccinated, or have been previously infected, or they will get this Delta variant,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “And for most people who get this Delta variant, it’s going to be the most serious virus that they get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital,” said Gottlieb, who was commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration during the Trump administration. (from CNN.com)
- You are NOT immune from the coronavirus if you’ve already had COVID-19.
- The Delta variant is about 225% more transmissible than the original coronavirus strain. Compared to the original strain, the Delta variant is affecting people younger, increased risk of needing hospitalization, longer stays in the hospital and higher risk of losing one’s life to the virus. According to a study in Canada, with the Delta strain, you are twice as likely to end up in a hospital, almost 4 times as likely to end up in intensive care and almost 2½ times more likely to die than the original strain. In a Singapore study, patients were nearly twice as likely to develop pneumonia, and almost 5 times as likely to need oxygen, end up in intensive care or die. (Up First Podcast)
- While the vaccines do not completely protect people from catching or spreading the virus, they are still incredibly powerful at reducing the risk of getting really sick and dying. With getting vaccinated, the risk of infection is reduced by 3-fold and the risk of severe disease or death is reduced by at least 10-fold! (Up First Podcast)
- On June 28th, the CDC recorded just over 9,000 new cases in the U.S. On July 28th, the CDC recorded 86,000 new cases.
- This rise of hospitalizations & deaths is preventable.
- You are much less likely to transmit the virus if you’ve been vaccinated, even if you get COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has it.
- You are much more likely to transmit the virus if you have not been vaccinated!
- By not getting vaccinated you are contributing to the potential spread of this disease and potentially endangering other peoples’ lives.
- Concerns over not trusting science or conspiracies need to consider Occam’s razor and take into consideration the advances of science and vaccines that have had a tremendous impact historically on small pox, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, chickenpox, diphtheria, and so on. Think of the millions of lives that have been saved over the years because of these amazing advances in science. Think how your life is so much better because of these vaccines.
- Some have personal health concerns that make them concerned about the affect of the vaccine on them. My question is, have you talked to your doctor about these concerns and has the doctor advised against getting the vaccine? If not, that concern runs hollow and sounds like an excuse. As above, if you take the words of Jesus to love your neighbor seriously, don’t use this as an excuse unless you’ve sought medical advice on this.
- If you come from a place of privilege, how much more so should you get vaccinated because of Jesus’ call to love the “least of these” as the coronavirus has disproportionately affected the “least of these” in our society (and the world). (Matthew 25:31-46)
- With the argument for Faith over Fear, Scripture tells us that “there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). So even here, Scripture leads us back to love.
- Some may think of Scriptural or Christian historical examples of when Christ-followers (or Christ himself) put themselves at potentially physical risk by ministering in love to those with diseases (Jesus to the lepers, Christians during plagues). These are examples of loving others. These are not examples of exercising personal freedoms. Just as on airplane safety instructions, you are supposed to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others, we need to get vaccinated first, and then help others get vaccinated or find help or healing. A lifeguard does not jump into the water to save a drowning victim without a life-saving flotation device with them, if available.
For the Love of God and for the Love of others, do your part to love others and to be responsible to our connectedness as humans carrying the Imago Dei and get vaccinated.