We started a family group chat for funeral information after my pops passed this past year. And similar to your story Rod, my Jamaican fam, cousins and such took it as an opportunity to start sharing ALL of their ideas on everything under the sun. And of course... there are some anti-vaxers. There was some great info about improving your immune system and such, but disappointing to hear about the conspiracies and such.
Ugh........The conversations that I have with my people about taking the vaccine is ridiculous. I was talking to my nephew's wife about the vaccine. She's more scared about the side effects of taking the vaccine AFTER SHE HAD COVID?!?!??! And the sad part is that she, my nephew and a group of other couples are taking a trip to Las Vegas in the fall. She says that if the airport mandates that she takes the vaccine in order for her to go on the trip, she will do it........
I just looked at her like dafuq.......as none of what she said made any fucking sense and I let it because wasting the energy to unpack everything that was wrong with those statements and bullshit conditions was exhausting. Just so stupid.
I have a friend from work who spent the past couple of years battling cancer, has underlying conditions (diabetes and high blood pressure), gets the flu shot every year. But him and his wife are vaccine hesitant when it comes to COVID-19. I just don’t understand.
At this point, it ain't really about hesitancy but selfishness and willful disregard for the health and safety of others. It's clear they are just jerks.
I only have a handful of friends (black women) and every single one of my friends (they are all college educated) aren’t getting a vaccination. I am the only one out of my 6 friends that got vaccinated. A few are hesitant because they think it was too fast and they don’t have long term research for side effects also the possible effects on fertility. I am tired, I miss my friends but damn I am going to have to be outside and/or masked up just to talk to them. They are out living their best life traveling and doing anything they want. This shit sucks.