Dying in the Name of Vaccine Freedom | NYT Opinion


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Dying in the Name of Vaccine Freedom | NYT Opinion



In the video above, Alexander Stockton, a producer on the Opinion Video team, explores two of the main reasons the number of Covid cases is soaring once again in the United States: vaccine hesitancy and refusal.

“It’s hard to watch the pandemic drag on as Americans refuse the vaccine in the name of freedom,” he says.

Seeking understanding, Mr. Stockton travels to Mountain Home, Ark., in the Ozarks, a region with galloping contagion and — not unrelated — abysmal vaccination rates.

He finds that a range of feelings and beliefs underpins the low rates — including fear, skepticism and a libertarian strain of defiance.

This doubt even extends to the staff at a regional hospital, where about half of the medical personnel are not vaccinated — even while the intensive care unit is crowded with unvaccinated Covid patients fighting for their lives.

Mountain Home — like the United States as a whole — is caught in a tug of war between private liberty and public health. But Mr. Stockton suggests that unless government upholds its duty to protect Americans, keeping the common good in mind, this may be a battle with no end.

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  1. Hi, I'm Lucy, one of the producers with Opinion Video who made this film. I'd love to know your thoughts on the video, and what public officials and communities could do to convince more people to get vaccinated. Leave your comments below and I'll do my best to respond!

  2. Thank God these people still believe in individual choices. That is our right as humans. To choose what we put in our bodies.
    Hope this idea stays strong!

  3. So government have to act like a parent,
    If a kid gets head lice you don't just treat their heads the chances are they have spread through the family but won't be as bad, so you treat everyone, stop them spreading more and around the house and to other kids. And then wash your families hair once a month in this special shampoo, it won't stop you getting head lice but low% won't spread to others, because the head lice die very quickly on your heads, so you get them but not for long they can't lay eggs, and the chances of spreading to family members still can, but % low and because their treated,very minimal.
    Basically don't care if your want special shampoo if it stops head lice you getting the special shampoo.
    IE your getting the vaccine general public are to selfish and ignorant to make the right decision.

  4. You want to know what will help many people who don't want vaccine? Remove liability protection and stop the lies about healthcare – natural immunity is superior to vaccination – hospitals are not over flowing – if they were, un-vaccinated hospital workers would not have fears of loosing their jobs…the lies are legion in this political take over

  5. My opinion your all fool's and your keeping this virus going longer in our country because of your stubborn stupidity! You don't care about your life your children's lives or our lives! Honestly you people deserve what happens it's like you're doing this for attention my God…

  6. Interesting how no one (besides anti-vaxxers) bats an eye at normal vaccinations needed for school enrollment, but are so against this one. And no, the research didn't come out of thin air. We had an outbreak of a more fatal version of coronavirus before, and research on it has been going on for a long time. Genuinely don't know where all of these conspiracy theorists are coming from.

  7. I'm from India, the 2nd most populated country. We crossed 100 million milestone of covid vaccination. No one forcing here to get vaccination.it is not free, it is not cheap.Still people buying and getting vaccinated. I don't know we are stupid or not. I don't know this makes us free or not.

  8. I’m all for finding a little island for people like this and Trump supporters. They get all live together and be like minded and do their thing and run their own little world. Where could this be?

  9. Public health is not the priority if it was no fast food restaurants would even exist, if Public health was the issue Chemo and insulin and my Parkinsons drugs would be free like the vaccine instead the cost of medicine is rising. Public health is profit driven by Greedy people who will never have enough. Gain of function was clearly perpetuated by us Humans. I refuse to take anything Engineered and designed by the people who got us into this mess to begin with. This video is nothing more than propaganda developed and more than likely paid for by big Pharma . God wants me then i will die naturally by Gods hands not mans . ✝️

  10. How can you say you are thinking about other people when you get vaccinated when its proven you can spread the virus being vaccinated with x doses ? In my opinion this is just a selfish act.

  11. Not wishing bad on anyone but hopefully these fools will learn from the experince after getting covid – it will be too late for some of them though ….

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