Someone forwarded me a Facebook post that asserted the airline operational meltdowns we have recently witnessed are because airline crews are “refusing the mandated jab.” Folks, this is false. Please don’t buy into the fake news.
Airline Crews Are NOT Walking Off Job Over COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
I strongly detest fake news, though I am particularly disgusted by trend we’ve seen over the last year of vaccine skepticism growing through the spread of misinformation online.
A Facebook post reads, “Breaking! Flights across America all backed up BC pilots/crew are walking off boarded flights! They are refusing the mandated jab!”
First of all, the operational meltdowns occurred at American Airlines and Spirit Airlines. Neither have implemented a vaccine mandate for employees (United, Frontier, and Hawaiian Airlines have).
Second, the delays were due to bad weather and a shortage of employees, not any outrage over a vaccine mandate that does not even exit.
What a sad hour that scientists who have dedicated their entire lives to research (and I’m not talking about Dr. Fauci) are discarded and everyone considers themselves an expert on vaccines because they read an article on Wikipedia or Telegram.
The best defense against COVID-19 is still to get a vaccine. Please get one.
I truly understand that many are skeptical about this vaccine across political, ideological, and racial spectrums, and it is not my intention to be be condescending. But I am begging you, if you are on the fence, keep looking. The vaccine is not foolproof, nor is it our salvation, but it is highly effective.
But even if you choose not to be vaccinated, have the intellectual integrity to tell the truth about it. Check your sources. No, flights across America are not being disrupted because of vaccine skepticism. No, the vaccine is not an attempt to transform your DNA for pernicious purposes. No, you are not more likely to contract COVID-19 with a vaccine than without one.
Misinformation has sowed tremendous division in the United States. Oh, what a divided country we live in. But the vaccine excuses and the puesdo-intellectual deception that has hoodwinked many into thinking the vaccine is something bad, not a breakthrough we should all be thankful for and gladly line up to receive, has made our road to recovery longer and more treacherous.
While French President Emmanuel Macron never said it, I’m very happy to say:
I no longer have any intention of sacrificing my life, my time, my freedom and the youth of my children, as well as their right to study properly, for those who refuse to be vaccinated. This time you stay at home, not us.
When we recognize that fake news seeks to profit by preying on people’s fears and weaknesses, we can develop the discernment not to be distracted by it.
Please: don’t wait to get vaccinated until you get COVID-19. There is no perfect defense, but the vaccine represents a strong one.
Happy Friday, all. Now go to do the right thing.