This post probably isn’t about what you think it might be about from the title. It is about the curious fact that countries and US states with conservative leaders are doing a better job of getting people vaccinated than countries with progressive leaders.
This comes from an interesting article in (of all places) the NY Times, titled “The Left’s Vaccine Problem“. The problem seems to be that progressive governments are spending too much effort worrying about who should get the vaccine, instead of just focusing on getting shots into arms. In some cases, vaccine has been thrown away because they didn’t have enough of the “right people”, and there were penalties for giving it to the wrong people. Sheesh.
I’m fine that we got front-line healthcare workers vaccinated first. Not only do they need it more than anyone else, and it would be an even worse disaster if we lost doctors and nurses during a pandemic, and it was easy to identify these people and get them shots quickly (after all, most of them work in hospitals!)
But after that, it seems like the best way to fight the pandemic is to get it to everyone as quickly as possible. It really doesn’t matter who “deserves” it more. We need to get to herd immunity quickly, and that will benefit everyone.
Rather than spend our time deciding who can’t get the vaccine, let’s spend any extra time and effort identifying people who are having problems getting it (for example, older people in nursing homes) and get them some help.
This is no time to worry about being politically correct.