Michael Smolens, Columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune
It’s enough to make you want to slam your head against the wall.
A private school in Florida ordered students who get vaccinated to be quarantined at home for 30 days after each dose. School officials made the false claim that vaccinations make those students, rather than the unvaccinated, a risk of spreading the coronavirus.
A relatively small number of San Diego County parents held their children out of school for a day last week to protest vaccination mandates, despite statistics that show the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at protecting people from COVID-19.
An immunocompromised teenager advocated vaccinations and masks during a recent school board meeting in the Central Valley city of Clovis. The student was booed and jeered by adults attending the meeting.
All of this happened as even more information surfaced about how essential coronavirus vaccines are to protecting the public. The risk of dying from COVID-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than fully vaccinated adults in the month of August, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
It seems not a day goes by when there isn’t at least one action, position or statement at odds with the facts, logic, or common sense about the coronavirus.