CW DAWSON: It makes good sense that without vaccination, the coronavirus will spread | Local columnists



Years ago, when I was a senior minister at Master’s Grandale Church in Detroit, I lamented that the people in the neighborhood didn’t act like they had common sense.

Two of my seniors listened to me endlessly on how everyone should function with common sense.

At the end of my tirade, one of the ladies said to me, “Well, pastor, you must understand that ‘common sense’ is not that common. A point well taken.

We are witnessing a time when common sense is not that common. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is developing by leaps and bounds. It grows particularly in the Springfield region.

The latest reports indicate that new cases are on the rise in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia. Young adults between the ages of 20 and 35 seem to be the main targets, but now we worry about our children who are of primary school age.

One of the ways to fight the variant is to get vaccinated, and yet the resistance to a COVID vaccine is incredible. So many people I know still refuse to be vaccinated. For some it is fear; for others, it is a political statement. All in all, it’s a demonstration that common sense is not that common in America.

Isn’t it interesting that millions of people in other parts of the world are asking for the vaccine and can’t get it, while in the US the vaccine is readily available and people won’t take it ? Astonishing.

Common sense says that if we are not vaccinated, the variant will spread. That means we’ll have to come back to hide warrants, quarantines and everything.

The freedom we all so desperately want will be taken away from us simply because we refuse to do the right thing. We’ll have to go back to virtual learning, Zoom religious activities, and canceling concerts and sporting events. Do we really want this to happen?

The coronavirus is not a political issue. It is a health problem. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, COVID doesn’t care. Anyone can get sick and die.

Regardless of our political affiliation, we have a moral obligation to do what is best for society. I understand the reluctance of the black community regarding vaccinations.

Our history is filled with examples of how the medical / scientific community has been unfaithful to us. However, it is once that we have to trust the science. Too many people of color have already died from this virus. We need to be vaccinated.

No one can make someone do what they don’t want to do. But common sense says that if we are to return to any semblance of normalcy, we must be vaccinated.

Don’t let conspiracy theories and bad news / social media stop you from doing the right thing. I invite you to get vaccinated if you have not already done so.

If a booster becomes available, get it too. Do not deprive ourselves of health and vitality because we are foolish. We owe it to ourselves to have a healthy life.

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