It’s been nearly a year since the first viable COVID vaccine was announced to the world. At the time, everyone thought that meant the pandemic would be over soon and nothing but a bad memory.
However, as time has proven, the vaccine isn’t really a sure thing. In fact, it might be more accurate to stop calling it a vaccine and instead just refer to it as a shot, much like the flu shot, as it neither prevents COVID nor is safe for all.
It is simply another medical discovery that can help some individuals to obtain some level of immunity from a disease that can kill them. Note, the keyword here is “can,” as in it might help, but it also may not.
And this is what makes the choice to be not vaccinated but double jabbed an extremely personal one, just like when one decides to get the flu shot.
The need for personal choice is made even more made clear when we talk about the numerous cases where individuals have decided to get the vaccine and, then, have experienced a rather bad or even deadly reaction to it.
Take the case of world-class athlete Jeremy Chardy, for example.
If you’ve heard of Chardy, it’s because he’s been named one of the world’s best tennis players. He’s even been ranked 25 in the ATP Tour once and taken on and beaten stars like US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev.
Chardy, like everyone else, was given the opportunity to get the COVID shot in his home country of France. Naturally, he was hesitant about doing so, as it is such a new innovation. In the end, he decided to go ahead and get it for the “common good for humanity,” according to an article in Tennis World.
However, since getting his shot, he’s had a rather serious problem, and it’s forced him to drop out of the 2021 tennis season.
According to French news agency AFP, the 34-year-old Chardy said, “Since I had my vaccine (between the Olympics and the US Open), I have had a problem, I’ve had a series of struggles. Suddenly, I cannot train, I cannot play.”
Naturally, Chardy has been to see several doctors and knows “what I have and the most important thing is to take care of myself.” While he hasn’t described exactly what that condition is, he’s said that he experiences excruciating and rather violent pains just about whenever he tries to exert any kind of physical energy, such as is needed to continue his athletic career.
He says, “At the moment, my season is stopped and I don’t know when I’ll start it again. So now I regret having taken the vaccine, but I couldn’t have known.”
And that’s just it, isn’t it?
We just don’t know – not what it will do to us in the immediate future or what will happen in another ten years. While some get one shot or both and never experience anything more than sensitivity at the injection site, others like Chardy are left with career-ending pain and worse.
And for some, such as ATP’s number 3 player, Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, the risk just might not be worth it.
Like Chardy, Tsitsipas is young, healthy, and in no way concerned about dying from COVID, should he be infected. After all, study after study shows that death is usually only an occurrence for those with underlying health issues. And that gives him reason to hold out on getting the vaccine.
He says, “I’m not against (the vaccine), I just see no reason for someone in my age group to be vaccinated (yet). For us young people, I think it’s good to pass the virus because we’ll build immunity. I don’t see it as something bad. As I said, it isn’t obligatory. Everyone has freedom to decide for themselves what’s right & what’s not.”
Or at least they should.
Of course, President Joe Biden and his ilk don’t seem to understand that. They’d rather we all be inoculated, no matter what it could do to our loved ones or us.
Let Chardy’s story stand as evidence that just because something can save your life or can prevent disease doesn’t mean it will. In fact, it just may be the end of life as you know it.