Maybe it’s just preparation for the coming school year, but recently I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials for vaccinations other than Covid. DTP, HPV, meningitis, etc. (Meningitis? Not sure I ever knew there was a vaccine for that.)
Right now, however, with Covid’s delta variant wreaking havoc among the unvaccinated, I think we should be staying focused on Covid vaccination and not let that message get buried or obscured by advertising and content about other vaccines. Yes, yes, free enterprise, free speech, and all that. And of course, opportunism and capitalism. But the disease that’s killing us right now is Covid. The delta variant. That should be front and center until this killer is beaten into some kind of submission. Right now we’re losing ground. Rapidly.
Most parents with school-age children are or should be aware of the vaccination requirements and recommendations (so many more than when I was a young parent), regardless of current advertising and commentary. It is a shame that parents who don’t believe in vaccinations for themselves will also skip vaccinations for their kids, but it happens all too often. It’s a bigger shame that some states are dropping their school vaccination requirements altogether.
Covid is not and should not be any more political than the flu or polio or measles. It doesn’t care who you are or what you believe. It just is. And it needs to be stopped. Vaccinations, also apolitical, are the way to do it.
I know, I know, you’re sick of hearing about Covid. So am I. But it’s better than being sick with Covid.
So please, let’s not bury the lede, miss the point, ignore the truth, or overlook the critically important. Keep the focus on Covid.
(Full disclosure: As the daughter of a doctor and a former medical editor, I am decidedly not unbiased.)