Vaccination, a word polarizing human society into two camps. A word where question of (non) application is no longer only a matter of medicine but also of ethical-moral values and freedoms of our emerging digitally oriented society.
The first mention dates as far back as the 11th century (where elsewhere than China), but the real breakthrough was the experiment of Edward Jenner, who in 1796 deliberately inoculated an eight-year-old boy with cowpox, with the intention of protecting him from smallpox. The use of vaccines has seen a significant boom since then, aided by the boom of digitization before the late 1980s.
Today, the human race has a significant presence on our planet. Returning to the word “polarization of human society,” we need to realize that our digital progress does not include gaining full control over our lives, naturally including our freedom, and our personal health.
Not a leaf on a tree moves without wind, and no event is a coincidence. Today’s issue has been COVID-19, which we already know today is one of the viral diseases. In the short term, we will probably see a vaccine antibody, which should contribute to the elimination of its further infectious potential, and thus protect us in the long run.
Vaccination for COVID-19
Looking through the eyes of an ordinary person, several questions may arise: Why is it planned that the vaccine should be mandatory for everybody, when the pandemic is aready declining? Why not vaccinate only the people who are most likely to encounter the virus, such as doctors and nurses? When the authorities claim that it will be like a vaccine against flu and that it could cause mild symptoms of the illness, how would we know that it works? And maybe you are among the people, who got a flu shot and instead of not catching the flu, you got it even worse than any year before without vaccination. Furthermore, what if the virus mutates and the whole vaccination is thus completely futile?
It is a very hard question to solve, even without the whole pandemic situation that we have to deal with now. As such, it should be very carefully assessed what are the possible benefits and what are the risks. And in a democratic world it should be up to the decision of each responsible person.