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A letter for anti-vaccination people

Dear Editor,

I’m fully vaccinated and, no, I don’t know what’s in it – neither in this vaccine, nor the ones I had as a child, nor in the Big Mac, or cocktails and wine, or other treatments…whether it’s for cancer, Aids, for polyarthritis, or vaccines for infants or children.

I also don’t know what’s in Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, antibiotics, or other meds – they just cure my headaches and my pains.

I don’t know what’s in the ink for tattoos, vaping, Botox and fillers, or every ingredient in my shampoo or even deodorants. I don’t know the long-term effect of mobile phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at really used clean foods and washed their hands.

In short, there’s a lot of things I don’t know and never will.

I just know one thing: life is short, very short, and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and find a little feeling of life “before”.

As a child and as an adult, I’ve been vaccinated for mumps, measles, polio, chickenpox, and quite a few others; my parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of the said diseases, and I’m vaccinated not to please the government but:

*To not die from Covid-19.
*To not clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.
*To hug my loved ones.
*To not have to do PCR or antigen tests to go to a restaurant, go on holidays, and many more things to come.
*To live my life.
*To see and hug my family and friends.
*For Covid-19 to be an old memory.
*To protect us.

Malcolm Lebby,
Armação de Pêra