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Nov. 28, 2021

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Letter: Inform others, don’t attack

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It is important to not just denounce anti-vax members of the community but to educate them. Believe me, I understand why this paper’s readers don’t like them, and I don’t like them either. But at the same time I wonder if actively pointing out why they are wrong, and giving legitimate reasons as to why, would help the situation more than denouncing them.

Despite having very poor justification and no scientific evidence to back up their claims, most anti-vax individuals are genuinely concerned for their or their children’s well-being. I highly doubt many people refusing to be vaccinated are doing so because they want to see the world burn. They are afraid and becoming unreasonable due to that fear. And one thing I know is that when an unreasonable or afraid person feels attacked they become even more difficult to reason with because they will feel like being defensive.

I think the current measures such as many schools and workplaces making vaccination a requirement to attend are vitally important. But I also think informing them rather than attacking them would be a better way to reduce their numbers. That should be a high priority when addressing this topic.

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