I have lost my liberty as have thousands of others disabled people, because wearing masks is no longer compulsory in the UK. As a result, we now have no choice but to stay home, unless others are willing to mask up, so that we may stay safe.
The Covid-19 vaccines aren’t without its controversies. They are courting confusion, which is why not all people have had the vaccine. Also, there is no data to suggest how those who are immunocompromised might fare.
It is clear people are being judged on their health status, and whether they choose to have the vaccine. But it’s not as clear cut as that. Those who choose not to have the vaccine, do so for their own reasons. That doesn’t make them selfish, stupid, or misguided.
There are many reasons why they may have chosen not to have the vaccine, including health reasons. For those people with a pre-existing condition, we need to know the vaccine will also be safe for us.
With a disability, it’s not an easy judgment call to make, because we are immunocompromised. Given we are, how will our immunity react to a vaccine, that hasn’t been tested on people with disabilities? There is no data to suggest we will be safe. (Source: https://www.cdc.gov)
The Covid-19 vaccine has also been tested on animals, so even if someone isn’t choosing to take it for health reasons, they may not want to take it for moral and ethical reasons. Whether the testing link is direct, there is still a link to animal testing in the production of the Covid-19 vaccine.
What I know is that given I live and deal with a disability, with no information out there, I am one of many in that position where the government have made it impossible for us to decide and still expecting us to go ahead.
There is information out there on Covid-19 vaccine protection. You can be protected from anything up to 18 months, but that depends on your immunity and your age, so for those with a disability, we may not be as protected as we think we will be. The level of protection, is the reason why the Government is now introducing booster jabs. (Source: https://observer.com)
The vaccine has now become a race against time, particularly as the winter season is fast approaching and the Government want the booster in place. But what happens after that, if you only have 18+ protection, then what, yearly booster jabs?
What the Government don’t understand is that when people have the right information in front of them, they are empowered to make informed choices about things like the Covid-19 vaccine; what they put into their bodies and whether it’s a good fit for what they deal with. No one is discrediting the vaccine roll out, but one size does not fit all.
The way the government have handled the vaccine, means it has also divided opinion and created a two-tier society. Those who have been vaccinated and those who haven’t. There is little tolerance on both.