Back in May, Joe Biden set a goal of having 70% of adults in the U.S. vaccinated by early July, a target that was not met thanks to the millions of Americans who’ve decided that stopping the virus is someone else’s problem. Whether it’s because they’ve been spending too much time watching Fox News, think listening to Biden is an affront to Donald Trump, or still believe COVID-19 is a hoax, these people, largely Republicans, would seemingly rather the coronavirus claim more lives than get inoculated. And apparently they’ve become so stridently batshit in their views that the people in their lives who’ve decided to listen to science have resorted to getting vaccinated in secret for fear of provoking their wrath.
On Wednesday, CNN reported that Missouri physician Priscilla Frase said she’s heard that some people who come in to get their shots beg their injector to keep it a secret, and they go so far as to literally don disguises so as not to be found out by the anti-vaxxers in their lives.
“Anything we can do to get people in a place that they’re comfortable receiving the vaccine,” Frase said. “It’s not a large number, but every single person that we can reach who wants to get vaccinated and we can provide that for them, that’s a win. And we take every win that we can get.”
As CNN notes, Missouri has the 13th-lowest vaccination rate in the country and some of the highest reports of new cases per capita in the last several weeks. And as is the situation throughout the U.S., most of the people getting sick and needing to be hospitalized are unvaccinated:
And it’s not just Frase’s hospital that’s dealing with an influx of patients in Missouri.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, St. Louis County’s acting health director was reportedly attacked and called racist slurs during a meeting of the city council about a mask mandate. Regarding the attacks public health officials have been under, Faisal Khan said, “We’ve received so many threats of all kinds, it is jarring…We are in the midst of the worst public health crisis to hit the world in 100 years. We should not be worried about our own safety in deliberative sessions with legislative officials. That really is a sad reflection of society in the United States.”
Also this week, Missouri’s governor proudly announced that he would never do something so crazy as require people to wear masks, despite the out-of-control COVID transmission rate in his state.
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