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Graeme Goedde, Byron Bay

I have some questions. If the vaccine protects you against the Sars-Cov-2 virus,why are the vaccinated people so scared of the non-vaccinated people? [see letter p15 – Ed].

Whose choice is it to have medical treatment? The person who possibly needs it? Or the people around them who want them to have it?

Who is imposing their choice on others? Is it the people ‘discriminating’ against the people who choose not to get vaccinated, or is it the unvaccinated people who accept the choice of the others to get vaccinated?

How can you make an informed decision, if you only get information from one source – the mainstream?

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  1. Graeme were not scared of the unvaccinated but care they will be come infected and overload our health system. So where do you get your information from- Facebook, Twitter, Tik tok: same false info going around and around. If you don’t want vaccinate fine, but don’t impose yourself on other people who might have medical conditions etc. the only scary thing going is the head in the sand attitude of people like you.

  2. The Echo is publishing what the community sends it. Only ‘dictators’ play a crocked game
    because they enjoy a right-of-way ie; MM. Intelligence is for the literate researcher-reader.
    Think on that.

  3. thanks for the voice of reason, Graeme. i have been wondering exactly that for a while now: if vaccination is the all-protective antidote to the virus, why can’t we just let everyone decide for themselves? without the gripe & snipe from the pro-vaxxers’ camp? why the way, i despair at the mental capacities of your critics so far 😉

  4. Most, not all, of us have as children been vaccinated against a wide range of diseases that were deadly or seriously debilitating. Consequently many people think these diseases are no longer an issue – but it’s only because of the vaccination given when very young that has rendered it reasonably safe for the few who didn;t or couldn’t vaccinate. The same applies to Covid – the larger the vaccinated population, the safer it is for the everyone including the unvaccinated. But if a large cohort, especially one based in a locality, has low rates of vaccination, that cohort becomes highly susceptible to the disease.
    In other words, it is the vaccinated who make it safer for the unvaccinated, but only if there are enough of them.
    So the vaccinated are not so much frightened of the unvaccinated, but frightened for those who have a medical reason for not vaccinating. Also, those who vaccinate may still catch the virus, but are extremely unlikey to suffer badly or even die from covid.
    I think those people who work in close contact employment, especially in care of the elderly and of children, have a responsibility to vaccinate to minimise the chance of infecting those in their care.


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