Tony O’Brien: Blaming the unvaccinated for Covid-19 surge is tempting but dangerous

People resist being vaccinated for a variety of reasons, and there are other factors also at play – such as the government’s response

28th November, 2021
Tony O’Brien: Blaming the unvaccinated for Covid-19 surge is tempting but dangerous
Living with Covid: ‘I can envisage needing Covid-19 vaccines every year for the rest of my life.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

We are currently witnessing an emerging trend of seeking to blame the upsurge in Covid-19 infections in Europe on those who have not yet availed of the offer of a vaccine. It is tempting to do that, but we should be cautious.

This “othering” of the unvaccinated is further compounded by an increasing tendency to refer to the unvaccinated and “anti-vaxxers” in the same breath, as though they were synonymous, which they are not....

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