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Prominent figures are receiving criticism for undermining confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine by vowing to continue to wear masks and avoid normal activities even after taking the shot, with MSNBC’s Joy Reid being the latest example.
Reid said that even after taking her second coronavirus shot, she’d be too scared to return to any semblance of normality.
“I too am one vax down, but even when I get the second shot, I am too ‘scurred’ to be out there wildin. No flying and no indoor activities for me. Nope!” the MSNBC host tweeted on Sunday.
She followed it up by vowing to wear two face masks “for the forseeable future.”
— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 11, 2021
In what appears to be some kind of bizarre enjoyment of mask mandates and lockdown rules, many of those who have proudly shared vaccine selfies have also vowed to continue to act as if nobody at all had received the vaccine.
This has led to assertions that such rhetoric will only serve to put young people off getting the vaccine since they will receive no benefit in terms of getting back personal freedoms.
“If you wanted to persuade people not to get the vaccine, one of the best ways to do it would be to tell people that it won’t improve or really even change their quarantined lives much if they get it,” tweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald. “Regardless of intention, this is an anti-vaccine message spread by MSNBC.”
If you wanted to persuade people not to get the vaccine, one of the best ways to do it would be to tell people that it won't improve or really even change their quarantined lives much if they get it. Regardless of intention, this is an anti-vaccine message spread by MSNBC: https://t.co/6r0hZEAijn
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 11, 2021
“Party of science” really having a hard time with the scientific miracle of vaccines,” noted Drew Holden.
“Party of science” really having a hard time with the scientific miracle of vaccines. pic.twitter.com/Osa5BJnJDv
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) April 11, 2021
Americans who have followed all the rules for over a year, worn masks and took or plan on taking the vaccine bought the line that things would get “back to normal” if they complied.
Now that celebrities and media figures are vowing to extend social distancing, mask wearing and avoid major events until God knows when, many are now asking what was the point?
This kind of rhetoric doesn’t do much to encourage the people who are vaccine hesitant.
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) April 11, 2021
Why bother getting the vaccine? https://t.co/Syb67NOBs1
— Katie Carney (@kgcarney) April 11, 2021
What am I missing, is her post sarcasm, I 100% will get the vaccine when it’s my turn , but will have 0 hesitation to doing anything (don’t have much now as a healthy 37yo) after being vaccinated. This isn’t complex.
— Nicholas abreu (@TheNickAbreu) April 11, 2021
This denies everything the data tells us about vaccine efficacy and asymptomatic/post-immunization transmission. Science doesn’t matter anymore, we’re going to let irrational fear guide us.
It’s a terrible, irresponsible message & it’s why some decide not to get vaccinated.
— 🍀 Green loves 💚 Grogu 🌷(Fan Account) (@strong_coffee71) April 11, 2021
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