DALLAS: Healthcare leaders and now some jobs across the country are making a widespread push, encouraging people to get vaccinated to protect themselves against COVID-19. Just over half of the Texas population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, as hospitals experience another increase in delta variant-derived cases.
Some local governments are beginning to implement health mandates, such as masking companies in hopes of reducing the public health crisis. Gov. Greg Abbott, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, issued an executive order earlier this year banning mask warrants and vaccination testing, but some companies and county leaders have tried to override those orders. in the light of the deltaic wave.
Eric Love, a retired North Texas police officer, said the political back-and-forth between state and local officials is beginning to wreak havoc on his community.
“I just think it’s so moody now the way people attack someone by personal decision or choice,” Love said. “Do you agree with the governor? Absolutely because I don’t think it’s mandatory. If you’re worried, please disguise yourself. If I come to your house and ask me to put on a mask,” Hey, no problem, but we must not be adversaries. “
The 54-year-old said he is starting to feel a sense of disconnection around the community he once served.
“When I was older, I got vaccinated like everyone else,” Love explained. “When that came out, it pushed so fast that I was scared.”
Love has made the decision to stay away from the blow of the arm until the FDA can offer more peace of mind. As of now, all COVID-19 shots currently available in the United States are under FDA emergency use authorization, meaning companies like Modern, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are immune to liability, if adverse reactions occur.
“I’m not an anti-vax person, but if we look at the history of vaccinations, this country has a bit of a marked track record when it comes to specific vaccinations or shots,” Love said.
In order for vaccines to be fully approved, more rigorous clinical trials are needed. The FDA hopes to begin authorizing full approvals in September. Until then, Love says the government and no one can force anything on his body.
“If you want to wear a mask, please wear it. But you can’t demand that everyone do something for the freedoms we enjoy today. If we do, what’s the next freedom we give away?” investigated Love.
The North American says he rarely gets sick and has not captured COVID-19. He attributes it to being outdoors with the most vulnerable. Weekly, Love and his wife are helping where they can, as they try to stay positive in a public health crisis that has split the jeans.
“My mindset was,‘ I’ve been a healthy person. I will continue to do what I am doing, ”Love said. “I’ll keep a healthy person and once their trials are over and the FDA says, ‘Yeah, we’re fine with that,’ that’s when I would consider it. For people who have already taken it, not everyone has it. of living his own life, but I don’t need the government to ask me to do anything specific. “