Mike Rowe: I have not publicly encouraged anyone to get vaccinated

H/T to Lucille.

I no longer belong to Facebook, so I didn’t see the original post. Here is the report via Townhall:

When Mike Rowe was asked by a fan this week why he hadn’t urged his followers to get vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus, he took to Facebook to issue a full explanation of his rationale.

“The short answer is no – I have not publicly encouraged anyone to get vaccinated,” Rowe said in his post. “In fact, I have recently declined to participate in several PSA’s designed to persuade people to get the jab.”

Rowe clarified that his decision to turn down pro-vaccine PSAs was “not because I’m opposed to vaccines, obviously,” he said, adding “vaccines have saved more lives than any other advancement in the long history of medicine, and to your point, I got the shots the minute I was eligible.”

Showing self-awareness rare among his contemporaries Rowe noted that he’s “not a doctor, Steve, and even though I occasionally play one on TV, I’m not inclined to dispense medical advice to the people on this page.”

He noted that he “did appear in a few PSA’s early on, back when they assured us that locking down was essential to keeping our hospitals from being overrun. ‘Two weeks to flatten the curve!’ Remember that one? That of course, turned out to be untrue,” he said, apologizing for his “role in helping perpetuate that particular falsehood.”

“Yes, we have a new variant, and from what I’ve read, it’s highly contagious, but far less virulent – especially if you’re vaccinated,” Rowe continued. “According to the CDC, just one 1 in 27,000 vaccinated people have contracted it. That means if you’re vaccinated, you’re more likely to get struck by lightning than contract COVID. And yet, people are once again calling for more lockdowns, more restrictions, and more compliance from those who already got their shots.”

The fact is, millions of reasonable Americans have every right to feel confused and skeptical. Those people you refer to, Steve – the ones now telling us that we can “get back to normal just as soon as everyone is vaccinated” – those are the same people who said, “two weeks to flatten the curve!” Those are the same people who told us that masks were “useless” before they told us they were “critical.” Those are the same people who told us that a return to normalcy would occur just as soon as “the most vulnerable” among us were vaccinated. Then, just as soon as “half the population” was vaccinated. Then, just as soon as we achieved “herd immunity.” Those are the same people who told us they wouldn’t trust ANY vaccine developed under the last administration. Now, those very same people are belittling the skeptics!

If this were a Peanuts cartoon, those people would be Lucy, pulling away the football at the last moment while a nation full of Charlie Browns land flat on their collective back, over and over and over again. Those people you refer to – elected officials, journalists, and most disturbingly, more than a few medical experts – have moved the goalposts time and time again, while ignoring the same rules and restrictions they demand we all live by. They’re always certain, usually wrong, incapable of shame, and utterly void of humility. Is it any wonder millions find them unpersuasive?

I’m sorry, Steve, but even if I were an actual doctor, I wouldn’t know what to say to the skeptics on this page. But as a fake one, I’ll say this. Every single American who wants the vaccine has had the opportunity to get it – for free. Those who have declined will not be persuaded by the likes of me. At this point, I’m afraid the government has but one course of sensible action – get the FDA on board, stat, and then, provide an honest, daily breakdown of just how quickly the virus is spreading among the unvaccinated, versus the vaccinated. No more threats, no more judgments, no more politics, no more celebrity-driven PSA’s, no more ham-fisted attempts at public shaming. Just a steady flow of verifiable data that definitively proves that the vast, undeniable, overwhelming majority of people who get this disease are unvaccinated.

“In other words,” Rowe concludes, “give us the facts, admit your mistakes, try on a bit of humility, and stop treating the unvaccinated like the enemy.”

NOTE FROM STELLA:

As many of you know, I was vaccinated last March, and had no significant side effects. As far as I know, I am not COVID positive, nor have I had the disease. I haven’t been tested and don’t plan on it.

I agree with Mike Rowe. I have always believed that each person must make the decision himself or herself whether or not to be vaccinated for COVID-19, since the circumstances for each person is different from others. I am not swayed by those who demonize others for not being vaccinated, nor am I convinced by those who demonize the vaccinated. It is none of their damned business what I decide to do with my body or you do with yours.

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5 Responses to Mike Rowe: I have not publicly encouraged anyone to get vaccinated

  1. nyetneetot says:

    Re: no longer being on fb. I was worried I did something.

    Liked by 3 people

    • stella says:

      Not at all! I rarely miss FB except for a few friends.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Susan says:

      I think that maybe entertaining the truth that this is a treatable virus and not a “death sentence” would help. To squash what true physicians, true clinicians, are saying about their experience in ACTUALLY seeing Covid patients BEFORE they get sick enough to be hospitalized is WRONG! Hospital staff see ONLY the worst patients. A skewed view of this virus. Fauxci is nothing but a paper pushing demagogue that went to medical school. He doesn’t see patients with Covid and doesn’t have a clue about the virus. He just flies by the seat of his pants expecting Americans with common sense and intelligence to do as he says. Unfortunately most Americans are seeing the scam we are being force to accept. I for one see plainly that Emperor Fauxci has no clothes! He lies, our current socialistic government lies because as any good socialist/Marxist/communist knows fear is what enables them to control the people!!

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  2. jeans2nd says:

    Mike Rowe makes great sense until that very last line – “Just a steady flow of verifiable data that definitively proves that the vast, undeniable, overwhelming majority of people who get this disease are unvaccinated.”

    It is my understanding that is true no longer, but those who are vaccinated have an easier time of it and have less risk of death. The statistic that is useful is deaths from CCP Virus broken into with and without vaccination, not cases. imo

    Is no one’s business whether one has the vaccine or not. Even Wicked Son will not discuss this with me, although he is not taking it, nor are any of his family. They’ve all had CCP Virus deliberately, by choice, and all have antibodies (yup, they’re nutz, one may be assured they are my progeny).

    Now, remaining on Fakebook – that is definitely a questionable decision that we need to discuss (lolol).

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    • LafnH20 says:

      The FDA could (for starters) produce the “Verified Facts” about why they continue to support the “EUA” status of the experimental “INJECTIONS”, after the CDC has stated the “INJECTIONS” provide no more benefit than “Other” medicines which have been available this WHOLE TIME!!

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