Senator Rand Paul isn’t getting the COVID vaccine. It isn’t because he’s an anti-vaxxer. Or because it ‘doesn’t work.’ Or even because it’s in experimental phase and pharmaceutical companies aren’t being held liable for side effects. It’s all much simpler than that.
It’s because he’s already had it. The U.S. senator and medical doctor, an ophthalmologist by practice, says that he has “natural immunity” and he doesn’t need the vaccine shot.
“Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers, or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated because I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity,” Paul said in an interview.
The CDC has disagreed with such an assessment and is pushing for as many people to get the vaccines as possible, because “experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering.”
“Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again,” the CDC claimed on its website.
Estimates about what percentage of natural and vaccinated immunity needs to develop in a population in order to stop a virus from spreading varies from 60% to 70%, although some COVID-19 extremists are urging 100% vaccinated immunity. The CDC estimates that the COVID vaccines are 99.992% effective.
“In a free country you would think people would honor the idea that each individual would get to make the medical decision, that it wouldn’t be a big brother coming to tell me what I have to do,” Paul said.
“Are they also going to tell me I can’t have a cheeseburger for lunch? Are they going to tell me that I have to eat carrots only and cut my calories?” Paul added. “All that would probably be good for me, but I don’t think big brother ought to tell me to do it.”
Senator Rand Paul has consistently stood up for Americans’ rights to decide for themselves how to live their own lives regardless of the pandemic. One would think more progressives would believe in the simple message: ‘My body, my choice.’
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