In an opinion piece published Monday in Newsweek, journalist and political commentator Lisa Boothe outlined the reasons she won’t get the COVID vaccine, pleading for a little “common sense and bodily autonomy.”
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“In a sane society, a personal decision [to not get vaccinated] would not warrant a column, or even an explanation,” Boothe wrote. “But we do not live in a sane society. As a healthy 36-year-old woman, COVID-19 does not pose a statistically meaningful threat to my life. I have a 99.97 percent chance of survival.”
Boothe questioned the policy of testing only the unvaccinated “when it is now clear the vaccinated are also spreading COVID.”
She also asked why natural immunity is being ignored and denied relevance “despite over 100 research studies affirm[ing] its effectiveness.”
Boothe noted many Americans are unaware of the actual risk posed by COVID. She pointed to a Gallup poll showing 41% of Democrats believed the unvaccinated have an over-50% risk of hospitalization, but according to Gallup, the risk is actually 0.89%.
Boothe also highlighted how President Biden originally told the American people “you’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations,” despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s admission that “vaccinated people infected with Delta can transmit the virus,” and the “vaccines can no longer prevent transmission.”
Boothe questioned how effective the vaccines are at preventing COVID death. She referenced how former CDC director and now senior advisor to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Dr. Robert Redfield, said 40% of the recent COVID deaths in the state of Maryland were among the fully vaccinated. In Vermont, 76% of COVID deaths in September were among the fully vaccinated, Boothe noted.
She also questioned the usefulness of worker mandates at a time when America faces a worker shortage and a supply-chain crisis.
“Vaccine mandates in cities like New York have already shut down 26 firehouses due to staff shortages,” Boothe wrote. “One hospital in upstate New York had to stop delivering babies due to too many maternity workers resigning over the mandate.”
Boothe ended with this: “I am praying the rest of the country wakes up from this psychosis that has taken over. Is it too much to ask for a little common sense and bodily autonomy?”