As each day vaccination charges start to slide, specialists now recommend the United States could by no means attain “herd immunity” from the COVID-19 virus.
As John Oliver defined in the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Americans not sure about getting vaccinated have been inundated with misinformation and unfounded fear-mongering, with the HBO host concentrating on two sources particularly: Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson and fashionable podcast host Joe Rogan.
Oliver started with Carlson, enjoying a clip of the host posing various questions on vaccines and CDC steering which have already been answered.
“It is genuinely weird to see someone hosting a show on a supposed news network, and ending every sentence with a question mark,” Oliver mentioned. “Especially when solutions to most of these questions are on the market for anybody who cares to know.
The CDC is being cautious and desires to make sure it’s not spreading bull**** round throughout a worldwide pandemic like a frozen dinner duke with a TV present. Anyway, I hope that solutions at the least one among your gape-mouthed bad-faith wonderings, Tucker, you scrunch-faced concern baboon.”
Oliver additionally took podcast host Joe Rogan to the job for suggesting that younger and wholesome people shouldn’t take the vaccine, joking that Rogan’s description of himself as a “f****** moron” was correct.
The drawback, Oliver mentioned, was not that folks essentially believed particular conspiracy theories in regards to the vaccine peddled by the likes of Infowars host Alex Jones. Instead, he mentioned the issue is that persons are overwhelmed by misinformation and are not sure of what to imagine.
Oliver cited an Axios/Ipsos ballot about vaccines by which solely 4 p.c of respondents believed an announcement that mentioned the COVID-19 vaccine was extra lethal than the virus itself, however, 25 p.c mentioned they didn’t know whether or not the assertion was true or not.
“If anti-vaxxers can simply spread enough misinformation to cause people to throw up their hands and say, ‘I just don’t know enough to get the shot,’ they have already seriously f***** things up for all of us,” Oliver mentioned.
Oliver mentioned that if you understand associates are family members who’re skeptical about vaccines, it’s greatest to not attempt to persuade them with celeb endorsements or speaking heads like himself. Instead, attempt to have a good-faith dialogue whereas protecting a few of the most necessary information and statistics in regards to the COVID vaccine at the back of your thoughts.
“The key thing to remember is that no side effect of the vaccine is worse than the alternative, COVID, a disease that has killed over 500,000 people in the U.S. alone, while, once again, to date, the vaccine has been proven to kill exactly zero,” Oliver mentioned.
“It is more than natural to have questions, but there are reassuring answers out there. The truth is, I’m not going to being able to convince the people in your life who are hesitant. The person with the best chance of doing that is you.”