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The Choice Is Yours

Earlier this week I was bamboozled by a relative who texted me to tell me that it “sucked that she could lose her job” because her company was mandating vaccinations and she is refusing to get vaccinated.

Considering this relative tends to be one of those “extreme” people (i.e., the ones who believe you get microchipped when vaccinated, that you’re going to grow three heads, that you’re going to be controlled by Bill Gates, etc.), I was tempted to leave well enough alone and not say anything. Instead I did the opposite, which really angered my relative.

I actually started out on her side by saying how I don’t agree with the mandates (which I don’t). I don’t feel anyone should be forced to get vaccinated in order to work somewhere or attend some event. I feel it is their choice. On the other hand, in life there are rules and it is the company’s choice to have a policy of mandates, or any other policy, especially if it’s a policy meant to protect people. It is your choice if you decide to follow the policy or work elsewhere. And that’s pretty much what I told my relative. Which she didn’t like.

I told her if it were me who was in her situation and I needed a job, I would certainly go and get vaccinated. She didn’t like that very much. At this point I really didn’t know what else to say. Did she just want to argue with me about the vaccine and how her company was forcing her to get vaccinated? What did she want me to do about it? There is nothing I, anyone else or the lamppost can do about it. It’s all up to her.

She rambled on about her constitutional rights, etc., etc. I told her it is her constitutional right to choose to not get vaccinated. And it’s also her company’s constitutional right to issue a policy stating that if you aren’t, you can’t work there.

I reminded her that, considering she is in very poor health, it would only be wise to get vaccinated. I told her that she should want to get vaccinated. I asked her if she would balk at her company asking her to comply with a drug test.

She rambled on telling me if she lost her job she’d lose her house. And I told her “then you know what you need to do”.

Every time I told my relative something she became more and more angry with me. It was as if she wanted me to do something about her situation. What would I be able to do about it? I don’t control her company’s policies.

In the end I told her, “Look, if it’s any consolation to you, the vaccine lasts for about six months, if that. Get the shot and in six months you won’t even have any of it in you anymore. Then you don’t have to worry about it.” She didn’t even like that.

Then she threw the “Let’s Go Brandon” thing at me and asked me if I knew what it meant. I told her yes, but it doesn’t change the fact that your company still wants you vaccinated to work there. But while you’re rambling on like the eccentric idiot that you are, why not throw politics into the measure?

In the end I stopped replying to her texts. She’s a big girl and she’ll figure it out. It’s very simple. She’ll either comply and continue working at the place where she hates to work or she won’t comply and maybe understand in hindsight it’s an opportunity to move on. Money aside, because that’s really what it comes down to for her (she will be hard-pressed to find a job making the kind of money she is at this shit job that she has despised for the past twenty years), maybe she’ll cut her losses and find something that makes her happier. She may still have to get vaccinated, but let her find that out.


I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!