Why can’t people just go to a fucking movie and *enjoy* it, without bitching about who is or isn’t in it? For chrissakes, most of us haven’t stepped foot in a theater for over a year. Be grateful you can physically go see a movie, no matter what race the people cast in it are.

How Will We Know?

When it was announced from the CDC that all vaccinated people could now whip off their facemasks and live life “normally”, of course we knew the non-vaccinated fools took that as their queue to go maskless also. The vaccinated people were wondering how they would know who was vaccinated and who wasn’t. Well, over the weekend, I found out how we will know.

While getting a coffee at Cumberland Farms on Saturday I witnessed a conversation taking place between two older individuals, a man and a woman, less than six feet from me. Luckily I was wearing a facemask.

HER (to him, but she could’ve been talking to anyone who was listening to her–it was clear they didn’t know each other): Oh it’s so good to be free from those masks.

HIM (in his crusty old fart voice): You got that right. I didn’t believe any of that shit anyway.

HER: Are you vaccinated?

Pretty bold question for her to ask.

HIM (scoffing): Hell no. I ain’t putting that shit in my body. It’s all a crock of shit.

HER (maybe with a little sarcasm in her voice): That’s okay. I’m vaccinated. I’ll protect you.

At this point I was rolling my eyes so much they were almost up into my head. I hurried up and went to pay for my coffee so I wouldn’t throw it at the asshole. What I really felt like telling the asshole is that, since he admitted to not being vaccinated, he was the one who needed to be wearing a mask. That’s when I realized this would be the way we would know who is and who isn’t vaccinated. And since the unvaccinated fools are brazen enough to actually admit it, we should get it on record and report them.

On the other hand during a visit to Walmart this weekend, I saw more people there with masks than without. Which tells me one of two things: either there are very honest people who shop at this particular Walmart and they are unvaccinated so they are wearing masks, or they are vaccinated and still want to keep wearing a mask. Either way, it was good to see.

Proceed At Your Own Pace

For my state of Massachusetts masks and restrictions are being lifted this coming Saturday, May 29.

Am I ecstatic? Hell no. Because I know a good portion of the people who will be running around without masks are people who have not been vaccinated. Even in my state, which is one of the highest vaccinated states. No, I do not feel entirely safe. Let’s put it this way: in my immediate family (siblings, their children and their spouses), there are ten of us. Three of the ten are not vaccinated. One is a child under twelve. The other two are adults. The adults have no intention of ever getting vaccinated. That’s just two in my family. Luckily I don’t see them very often. But for the people I see at a store, at a restaurant, name your place, it’s a different story. I’ll look at them and say to myself “there’s a 50/50 chance they’re vaccinated”. And I’ll keep my distance. Even with my mask on.

Am I “vaxxed and relaxed”? Vaxxed yes. But far from relaxed. But since there is little I can do about people not wanting to get vaccinated or the nonvaccinated not wearing masks, I look at it this way:

As a fully vaccinated person, I have the upper hand. I actually have a choice of either wearing or not wearing a face mask. And considering that I know most of the unvaccinated will be choosing to not wear face masks, I choose to still wear one.

For me it’s a wait and see game. I’m going to proceed at my own pace, still wearing a face mask in most public situations, even if not required, for at least the next six months, if not into 2022. Because that’s what I feel comfortable doing. And I’ll see what happens.

Waving The White Flag

Yesterday the CDC declared that if you’re an individual who has been fully vaccinated you no longer have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors and you don’t have to socially distance. Unless your local laws indicate otherwise. And most local laws are lax to begin with.

As of this writing if you peruse the CDC government site, you’ll find this information under a link that you can click on. There’s also a link that says “find a vaccine” if you are not vaccinated. The remainder of the site has not been updated since April 13 and it still mentions the prior facemask guidelines.

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that the statement from the CDC yesterday was clearly their ploy to try to incentivize anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated and mainly to try to entice the ones who have no intention of getting vaccinated. Apparently the CDC doesn’t know that the ones who have no intention wouldn’t get vaccinated if their lives depended on it. They certainly don’t care if the CDC says you can go mask less if you get vaccinated. Because most of them weren’t wearing masks to begin with. And then CNN reported: If the CDC’s announcement isn’t enough to move people to get vaccinated, here’s another reason: Cleveland Clinic said Thursday that more than 99% of people with Covid-19 in its hospitals from January 1 and mid-April were not fully vaccinated. Well, duh. Of course they weren’t. The vaccines only started getting distributed in December, mainly to first responders and medical personnel and the majority of the population didn’t even become eligible for a goddamn shot until April. Also, if you were in the hospital with Covid, you weren’t going to be given a vaccine. Shit, I was eligible for a shot in February but couldn’t get one until the end of March because I couldn’t get a goddamn appointment. So fuck the Cleveland Clinic and their poor reasoning.

Which brings me to the next point, which every health official outside the CDC has also brought up: how the fuck are we going to know who has and who hasn’t been vaccinated? Covid tests at the door? Coughing tests? Facemasks wrapped around our arms? Facemask tan lines?

You can’t trust vaccination cards because so many non-vaxers have already secured fraudulent ones online. And would we expect businesses to stop and ask you for vaccination proof anyway?

Personally I intend to keep wearing a facemask as long as there are Covid cases. Although I am fully vaccinated I cannot afford to take the chance, whether it be slight or not, of getting Covid. Because I’m not going to know when I go to a store, a restaurant, a museum or anywhere that the person next to me who just coughed all over the place, who just spewed their saliva when they spoke, who just touched their mouth and then the doorknob, who is singing, who is laughing, and is standing right next to me, less than six feet away, is vaccinated. There aren’t enough, and at the end of the day, won’t be enough, fully vaccinated people in this country, or even the world, for me to fully believe that the person breathing down my neck is fully vaccinated. There have been so many instances during this pandemic where I have been in a store and the person in front of me has coughed or sneezed and although they were wearing a facemask, never took any other precaution. And I thought to myself “thank Christ I’m wearing a facemask”. In September at CVS I stood behind a man coughing his head off while wearing his facemask below his chin. I really felt bad for the woman standing in front of him.

Yes, I agree that it’s apparent the vaccines are doing something. The cases have dropped considerably and I’m lucky enough to live in one of the most vaccinated states. But, even as it says on the CDC website under the “What We’re Still Learning” section: How long Covid-19 vaccines can protect people. Because we don’t know. A good majority of us have taken a risk at not knowing if there will be any future side effects from these vaccines. But I guess it’s better than possibly dying from Covid. Again, we don’t know.

To me the CDC making their statement yesterday was their way of waving the white flag. They have given up. They know that we are at the end of the vaccine process for adults who want a vaccine, that the only ones left to get vaccinated will be children, if their parents allow them to, which I know many are not. They know herd immunity will not happen. And they know that Covid is not going away any time soon. I’m sure they even suspect another wave. And there very well could be one. But they can’t do anything else. So they tell the ones who have been vaccinated, and inadvertently the ones who have not, to take off their masks and party.

Until the next pandemic hits.

You Do You

So here we are six months into vaccination land and there’s a lot of finger pointing going on.

Who’s vaccinated? Who isn’t? Why aren’t they vaccinated? What can I do/say/give you to make you want to get vaccinated? The same thing goes for masks.

At this point in the game, anyone who is going to wear a mask or get vaccinated is doing so. Anyone who isn’t, won’t. It’s very simple.

It’s their choice. Just as it was our choice to get vaccinated and wear a mask.

So stop going on social media every second of every day to tell people to “wear a mask” and “get vaccinated”. Because you’re wasting your time and you’re annoying the hell out of everyone else.

If they were going to wear a mask, they would’ve by now and if they were going to get vaccinated, they already would have.

We already know we aren’t going to reach herd immunity. And in my opinion, even if we did, it still wouldn’t do any good. We know these vaccinations are not a cure. You still have a chance of getting the virus. And we don’t know how long they are going to last.

As I’ve said before, we can vaccinate a billion people in the United States. But as long as there are still cases out there in the world, ANYWHERE, we still have a problem.