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Ask Amy: Vaccination questions raise privacy concerns

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Mainly, the vaccination protects you from the more serious illness caused by COVID. But the vaccination also helps to protect others, because if you don’t contract COVID, you won’t be spreading it.

I can imagine how annoying it would be to face aggressive questioning and implied harsh judgment about your vaccination status, but other people do have the right to make their own choice regarding how much close contact they want to have with you.

Yes, without a doubt, nosy people will use the vaccination as an excuse to pry, but if you don’t want to have an extended medical conversation, then don’t.

They ask, “When are you getting vaccinated?”

You say, “I’m not sure.”

They ask, “Are you planning to be vaccinated?”


You say, “I haven’t decided.”

They say, “Well, if you haven’t been vaccinated or won’t reassure me about your plan, I won’t want to spend time with you.”

You respond: “Yes, I completely understand.”

Dear Amy: My brother and I moved together to a retirement home after his wife died.


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