An article hit CNN yesterday that stated 40% of active duty Marines have thus far refused the COVID-19 vaccine (presumably after being offered). Anecdotally, this seems to line up with what people are telling me from the LCPL Underground in their platoons, shops and sections.
Ironically, a lot of Marines are really concerned about the potential health consequences of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Keep in mind, this is the same group of people who volunteered to enlist, potentially go to war, and got injected with everything under the sun during their first week at bootcamp with no questions asked. This is the same group of people with practically zero inhibitions while sober, who will fuck any willing, wet hole, who line up outside of BAS every Monday with a new sore on their genitals for Doc to look at, who are concerned about what could be in the vaccine.
Frankly I was surprised that this was even optional. Before I went to Iraq, I had to get all kinds of horrid injections and vaccines (anthrax, smallpox). No one enjoyed it, but no one cared either.
There is so much misinformation flying around and rampant conspiracy theories these days that frankly it’s disheartening. For what it’s worth, if you’re a Marine reading this, the vaccine is safe and effective. I just got the second dose yesterday.
I have so far only received ONE unskippible ad for XBOX beamed directly to my occipital lobe. It wasn’t that bad.
For real though, a shot to the arm with minimal side effects is a lot better than being laid out with COVID for a week. As well, you get the vaccine to protect others, not just yourself. I suppose I’m old fashioned, I still believe that there’s some part of all Marines that enlist because they believe in their civic duty to protect the country.
You, a healthy young male or female with a 98% chance of survival will probably be fine if you catch COVID (in the long run). You will also likely be even more fine getting the vaccine. However, there are people with chronic health conditions, disabilities, etc, that prevent them from being able to get the COVID vaccine OR catching the disease itself. As a nation, we all need to become immune and squash out the viral menace for the sake of those that aren’t as fortunate as us to be so healthy.
It is as simple as that.
No one has paid me to say any of this, I just really believe in getting over this fucking pandemic because I want to go back to the bars sooner than later.