Thanks, But No Thanks: Why I Haven’t Gotten the Vaccine

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In a recent conversation with an internist, the good doctor asked me whether I’d gotten a COVID-19 vaccine. When I told him ‘No,” he then asked if I intended to get it at all. “Not unless someone forces it on me,” I said.

I then asked him the same question. “I got the first injection, but I think I’m skipping the second one,” he replied. “I’ve read up on it, and the first injection is probably good enough.” He then cited some statistics, and we let the subject drop.

Many people I know, young and old, have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Some are proud of that fact; others just shrug and say, “Yeah, I got the vaccine.” A couple of these people were quite sick after the second injection, but most of the others showed few, if any, negative effects.

One of my acquaintances was visibly upset and angry to learn I refused to be vaccinated, which I don’t quite understand. If you’ve been vaccinated and I’ve rebuffed it, and if these vaccines work, then why would my refusal anger you? You’re safe, and I’m the one at risk.

A reader of Intellectual Takeout contacted me about a recent article I wrote regarding masks and COVID-19 and asked for my thoughts on COVID-19 vaccination. So here goes.

Despite a couple of bad habits and my age—I turned 70 in March—I am in reasonably good health. My annual physical in April revealed nothing physically amiss with me. Though it’s true the vast majority of virus victims are my age or older, it’s also true that many of those who died suffered from underlying conditions: obesity, diabetes, or heart or lung problems. So while I don’t feel immune, I also don’t feel in danger of death should I contract the virus.

Next item: About three years ago I got a flu shot. Two days later, I woke with my left arm partially paralyzed. My doctor and a friend told me I’d probably just “slept funny” on my arm. Were they correct? The   sensation of a foot or hand “falling asleep” is familiar to me, and I’ve felt stiff in the joints on waking many times, but never had I experienced anything like this lack of sensation and function in a limb, which lasted most of the day. That was the year I swore off flu shots.

I also spend a lot of time alone in a large house. My excursions outside of this house include trips to the coffee shop, the bookstore, and the library, and church attendance on Sunday. This life of solitude greatly lowers the odds of my exposure to COVID-19.

Now for a broader take on my refusal to join the ranks of the vaccinated.

First up is caution. Given my low chances of catching the virus—and who knows? Maybe I’ve already contracted COVID-19 and didn’t even know it—why would I risk sickness or severe medical complications from one of these vaccines? And given my isolation, I don’t really put others at risk.

Then there are the politics of the pandemic. We’ve gone from masks are useless to everyone needs a mask. We’ve imposed school closures even though we know school children are the least vulnerable to this illness. We’ve shuttered businesses for months with no real proof that these closures did any good.

This politics of fear continues to drive our reaction to the virus. Some colleges, for example, insist their students get vaccinated, despite all medical evidence that these young people have little chance of suffering the worst effects of the virus. Governments and private enterprises alike are seriously discussing vaccine passports, which would allow only those who can prove they have received the injection to travel abroad or enter places of business, an insidious and fascistic plan never before employed in America.

Dan Gerlernter addresses this fear and panic in his excellent article “I’m Still Not Getting the Vaccine,” writing “I’ve got news for you: If you spend all your time worrying about getting sick, you’re sick already. America is having a giant, hysterical, hypochondriacal fit.”

This confusion and irrationality about effective ways to fight the pandemic with its attendant terror increases my skepticism about the vaccines. Here’s just one example: If these vaccines work, then why do those who took the needle still need to wear masks? Explain, please.

Finally, I’ve contemplated the worst-case scenario if I became infected, which is of course death. Were I to bite the dust because of COVID-19, some might consider me an idiot for having refused vaccination, literally dead wrong in my decision-making. Perhaps. Fortunately, I live in a country where I am still allowed to make personal choices, however foolish or wrong-headed.

For all those who have been vaccinated, good for you. I mean that. But please stop with the moral superiority, and please stop badgering and threatening the rest of us.


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Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick lives in Front Royal, Virginia, and may be found online at He is the author of two novels, Amanda Bell and Dust on Their Wings, and two works of non-fiction, Learning as I Go and Movies Make the Man.

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One would think it's illegal to force an 'Emergency Use Only' drug on anyone. It is not, how? I have heard of employers, taking advice from their lawyers, to force all employees to get the shot. IMO, your lack of panic is why if you got it you would recover. Too many people are hysterical and have no idea that their stress is causing health problems above and beyond the virus. I too have seen the over-excited in too many places. I neighbor sneezed in a grocery store. She said everyone fell to the floor. She kinda yelled at them "people! allergies still exist!"


I’m with you on that Jeff. Are you single? Just kidding LOL. I think what this virus has highlighted in this country is that we don’t take care of ourselves. I had it back in March last year and it was just like having the flu. I take care of myself. I work out, I take lots of vitamin D and other vitamins. I really don’t feel like I need a vaccine from something that was not even as bad as the flu I had in 1988. I worry more about cancer which I had 13 years ago and I actually did pretty good with that. I don’t really worry about getting sick from a virus. Last time I had the flu was 1988 and even during my cancer treatment I worked in a very large gymnasium with hundreds of people coming in and out all day and I never got sick. I feel like I have a pretty strong immune system. This is pretty mild compared to cancer. I just really feel like we have to get out and live our lives and not be so paranoid about everything around the corner. Life is messy, life is dangerous if you don’t get out there and live it it’s not life.


Rowana F
While I agree that some of the main preexisting conditions that leave one especially vulnerable could be (in most cases) remedied if people took proper care of themselves, I hope you know that not every illness or serious health condition is preventable or curable. Also, COVID-19 is not a mere little flu to everyone, not even those who (like you) take great care of themselves and are in strong health. I don't promote these so-called "vaccines," but this virus is much worse than a little flu.
Censoring alternative views synched it for me over 1 year ago along with the typical CDC games with changing reporting procedures, making huge payouts for Covid diagnosis and treatments, redefining what a vaccine is, fraudulent use of the PCR test, 2 week flattening the curve that extended for 1 year, holding back info about simple preventatives such as vitamin C, D and zinc along with hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin.


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Wilbur 76
I had a blood serum check for antibodies (neg) before I recieved the first Pfizer shot. Almost no side effects. 17 days later a mandatory test showed a negative. After I was informed someone close tested Positive, 4 days later I tested Positive and had a mild bout with flu like symptom of fatigue without fever or cough for 3-4 days. NBD. Went ahead and got 2nd dose to have the card for professional reasons. You don’t want vaccine? Fine. You'll get some flu. Just read up on charging up your miraculous immune system and start living like you care about it. This isn't well known but we HAVE TO GET SICK once in a while to keep ourselves in immunological shape. If we live in a plastic antiseptic hermetically sealed bubble we will eventually make our system so Niave and weak the common cold will end us as it has done to so many old folks and health workers who live in that environment so much of their lives until it is too late.


1) Is this "experimental" concoction a vaccine? 2) Covid 99.7% survival rate. 3) why take it?


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Risks vs benefits. COVID hit the US and much of the world in an epidemic of low serum vitamin D, chronic inflammation, obesity, and diabetes. The PLOS publication "SARS-CoV-2 positivity rates associated with circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels" by Harvey W. Kaufman, et al, firmly established how protective D is against infection. Unfortunately, this is considered fake news by the goons who work for the Left.