This Summer’s COVID-19 Spike

I tend not to know any anti-vaxxers. I read things in the news, but generally have little direct contact with people who are refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. This week I was forwarded a mailing from our local neighborhood mailing list where one such refusenik, was trying to convince others to follow their lead. The link was to a far-right media article. Another neighbor felt obliged to send a link with information refuting the anti-vaxx claims, and predictably, ugly words were quickly exchanged.

I’m going to be honest. I’m a science guy. Got numerous childhood vaccines that I am certain kept me and my community healthy. All the data in have seen tells me everyone needs to get this vaccine, for their own health and the health of their community. Since something like 70% of Americans have been vaccinated at least once for COVID-19, this is a stong majority opinion. Unfortunately many leaders are going in the other direction. An article from VOX with some good numbers on the latest man-made disaster in (of course) Florida. I was surprised that 90% of older Floridians are vaccinated. I would have assumed the political conservative bent of the anti-vaxx media campaigns would make older Americans skew much lower.

How Florida’s massive Covid-19 spike got so bad