Ask Amy: Non-vaxxed neighbor considers options
Dear Amy: Occasionally, I get together with a few of my neighbors.
Recently these people have commented negatively about people not getting the COVID vaccine. I refuse to get this shot.
Should I admit my decision not to vaccinate — and tell them about it?
Should I just not be their friend anymore?
What is your advice?
– I Refuse
Dear You Refuse: You have the right to roll the dice regarding your refusal to vaccinate against a highly contagious virus that is the cause of a global pandemic.
You do NOT have the right to withhold your decision – when you know this is important to people you have been spending time with.
You likely believe this is a personal and private decision, but – unlike other choices you might make — this is a personal choice with communal consequences.
Their vaccinations would likely protect your neighbors from the more severe forms of this illness, but – they may have elders or other more vulnerable people in their circles who might not be so lucky.