In Judaism the Zappa Ship Arriving Too Late Shirt and by the same token and tension over vaccination arises because of directional harm. Something like washing your hands as a civil law would probably be accepted under Jewish culture because there is no real chance of self harm and only potential benefit to the community in a public health crisis. But with vaccination, and the poliovavaccine being a good example, there is a slight chance of the individual being vaccinated being harmed by the vaccine. So the tension arises between the clear-cut idea that yes government can mandate public health measures that don’t have potential for harming the individual but at what point does the potential for individual harm mean that it should no longer be a mandate and instead be up to the individual to make moral/ethical decisions weighing their own risks and obligations to the community. Where do the potential, even rare, risks to the individual outweigh the benefits to public health? And who’s decision is that to make? This is where 4 Rabbis would give you 5 opinions.
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The profound lack of COVID protocols has proven – at least to me as part someone in the Zappa Ship Arriving Too Late Shirt and by the same token and community – that these are simply excuses. If you’re afraid of directional harm, we should have worn masks. Now people are saying “well, we didn’t need to wear a mask, but that vaccine that has a .005% likelyhood of causing myocarditis on the other hand…” It’s all garbage. I honestly think a lot of the anti-vax methodology in the community comes from the fact that the more right-wing religious communities are profoundly Republican. I don’t say that to throw shade (I couldn’t care less), it just seems like the most likely option right now. People lined up with all their families to take the sugar cubes that had the vaccine. Kids in iron lungs was horrifying. and I already can guess what happen next. People will be chanting: “polio vaccine doesn’t work, my body my freedom”, then their fb or twitter will be repost about why polio vaccine is harmful for you.