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You know the line that every child has been told: You may go out and play if you eat all your vegetables.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf has declared that everyone must continue masking up until 70 percent of the population aged 18 and older get vaccinated. I believe the figure now stands at about 50 percent. We’ll see whether it flatlines.
If people want to get their shots, fine. Vaccines have generally been a big step forward for humankind, and COVID vaccines may be wondrous, though they appear less wondrous once you consider the absolute rather than the relative reduction in disease burden. Let’s not go into all that here, nor any safety questions. Suffice it to say that a lot of people, including some people in the media, have no idea what they mean when they say a vaccine is 72% or 94% or 95% “effective.”
Wolf can be authoritarian. With this latest diktat, he shows he can be sneaky, too: He will use one part of the population, the vaccinated, to put pressure on another, the unvaccinated.
I’m scheduled to get my shots, but this governor may have just moved me to cancel. I’ll decide whether to eat my vegetables and I’ll go out and play whenever I wish.Published in