North Carolina man Chad Carswell says he will not get a coronavirus vaccine to be eligible for a kidney transplant – The Washington Post

Ya know… I feel like this story could’ve been a little more in-depth.

How does the hospital administration (especially the medical staff) feel about the recent paper showing that naturally-acquired resistance is better than having been vaccinated? Not that I recommend people go out and “get” natural resistance, but now that he’s been infected twice, do they still believe he should really get the vaccine? Do they believe the vaccine offers resistance to a wider spectrum of variants?

Also, is it possible that he just doesn’t really want to go on as a double amputee with diabetes?

He says he has doubts about how the vaccine was developed. Does he really believe that getting the vaccine is more dangerous than not getting a new kidney?

Chad Carswell, whom a hospital has denied a kidney transplant over his vaccination status, said he would rather “die free” than receive a coronavirus vaccine.

Of course, there’s always another paper saying the opposite:

5 days later…

So, five days later, I’m still thinking about Chad. Maybe this is the only control he has over things. He’s not in (easy) control of his diabetes, nor is he in control of the healthcare system that decides whether he gets a new kidney, nor is he in control of his bank that decides whether to loan him money for this, nor is he in control of the government that decides whether he has to wear a mask at the grocery store (well, he sort of is, because he votes, presumably, but he’s not in control of medical experts that recommend mask-wearing to his local government), nor is he in control of whatever company he works for (if any) that decides his working hours and conditions and assignments.

But, so far, one of the things he’s in control of is whether or not to get a vaccine. I’ve heard it said that people with little power (managers, in the contexts I’ve heard it in) always have the power to say “No.” So here we are. Maybe Chad has decided “No,” he will not get vaccinated, because that’s the only thing he can decide, and to say “Yes” would simply feel like going along with what everybody else is telling him to do (so, no decision, really).

Or is that too patronizing?

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