Recently, our governor lifted the mask mandate for fully vaccinated people inside public places but added a caveat to leave it up to individual businesses as to whether they wanted to keep the mask mandate in place for their businesses.
The grocery store where I work has chosen to go with the governor’s first choice to lift the mandate for fully vaccinated people.
But here’s the weird thing.
About 99% of people that shop at our store are still wearing their masks. A good portion of our clientele are the over 60+ crowd who had access to the vaccine first.
So, my question is this: are they continuing to wear the masks because they a) didn’t get the jab, b) got the jab, but can’t let go of their security blanket, or c) don’t have complete confidence that their vaccine will protect them?
I don’t really care whether they got the vaccine or not. It’s entirely up to the individual. That’s what medical freedom is all about: CHOICE. It’s also what HIPAA is about: PRIVACY.
But I just find it a fascinating study in social behavior that I wanted to share with you.
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook today. I’m not sure who came up with the words, but they are a beautiful example of diplomacy and kindness. I wish I would have said them myself:
For my friends who have gotten their cV shot or who know they will get one soon, awesome for you. I can see how relieved you are and I’m so glad that this option is available for you! For my friends who aren’t sure they will get one just yet, or maybe ever, or already know that they never will, I want to throw some love and respect your way, too. I am happy that you have that choice. Medical freedom is important. The wonderful thing about informed consent is that two people with the same information, can make two completely different choices and neither of them is right or wrong. That is what medical freedom is and should be. There are benefits and risks to every medical procedure. Doing the “right thing” means you’ve weighed the risks and benefits for yourself, and are making an informed decision! The only wrong decision IMO is made purely out of fear, social pressure or emotional reactivity. If you have researched your decision and are comfortable with it....great! What’s right for one person, may be wrong for the other. Both, on an intuitive and biological level. We’re all doing the best we can with the information we hopefully have spent time digging into. Let this be a gentle reminder *for all* to please respect each other and be mindful of the message we put out there. Is everyone “wrong” because they believe differently than you? They very likely have just as strong of a reason for their choice as you do. Reminder this information is also part of ones personal health information act and you have the right to not answer when asked whether you choose to get the shot or not. So whether you choose; CV shot No shot Tequila shot You’re okay in my books and I respect YOUR DECISION and medical freedom. You're NOT ok in my book when you are rude to others, unkind and judgmental because they made a decision that was BEST for them. Please remember, our way is not the right way for every single human on this planet. Live and let live. You can cultivate more inner-peace by releasing the need to control what others do. Copied + Pasted because we all need to know about the Personal Health Act! 12 Comments Sean Garrett So freekin well said Bridget
I’m not sure who Sean Garrett and Bridget are, but I’d like to have a beer with them.