Good ol’ days
If you can say anything about Alaskans it is that a very large percentage of them are a hard-headed lot. They show it in a variety of ways.
Some refuse to clean off their windshields after a storm, allowing the wind to do it for them. Some wear sandals and shorts in the dead of winter. Some park school buses and old washing machines in their front years “just in case.”
Then, there are those who refuse to get the vaccination to prevent or lessen the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
Almost everybody has had measles, mumps, DPT and polio vaccines. Then there are flu and pneumonia shots among a host of others, especially if you are traveling out of the country. They managed to get those over the years, but COVID-19? No way.
Alaska, as of last month, was at the top of U.S. states when it comes to vaccinating its citizens. Alaskans lined up to get the vaccine, protecting themselves and everybody around them. But now, things have changed and the state has slipped to 14th in the nation. Meanwhile, its rate of infection is going up.
Why the drop? Lack of trust? Misinformation? Hey, let somebody else do it? Whatever the reason, when you consider the ramifications of getting the COVID-19 virus – something that could have been avoided – you have to wonder what they are thinking.
The state, desperate to get back to some semblance of “normal,’ will not have herd immunity until the vaccination rate reaches something like 85 percent. And getting a shot simply could not be any easier, what with scores of vaccination sites and three different vaccines available.
This is not the time to be losing ground against the virus and if we all pitch in, we can stop its spread.
Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. The sooner we do the things that work, the sooner we can get back to the way things were in 2019, the good ol’ days.