We have been hearing a lot about personal choice lately. People say they want the personal choice to decide for themselves whether or not they take the vaccine. To some extent that makes sense, but not much.
Rob Davidson is a country doctor from western Michigan and he had a different point of view. In his hospital in a small town the health care professionals saw many patients dying from Covid-19. It was heart breaking to see he said, particularly because most of those deaths were from people who refused to get vaccinated. They would have had a good chance to avoid that just by taking the vaccine since he said, the hospitalizations and deaths were overwhelmingly from the unvaccinated. He said some nurses cried every day on their trip back to their homes. As well, they are frustrated by the attitude of people who just refuse the vaccines saying it is a matter of personal choice. This was Dr. Davidson’s response to that:
“With every shift, I see the strain people sick with Covid-19 put on my hospital. Their choice to not get vaccinated is not personal. It forces patients with ruptured appendixes and broken bones to wait for hours in my emergency department; it postpones surgeries for countless other people and burns out doctors and nurses…Personal choice cannot be an acceptable reason to endanger other people.”
How many nurses and other health care professionals have quit their jobs because they can’t take it anymore?
I wish people who worried about personal choice thought about the effects their choice have on other people. Is that not important too?