Lately, politicians, the media, and healthcare professionals have been using a new term to lock horns with the issue of vaccine hesitancy. Here are five ways that their new phrase, "a pandemic of the unvaccinated", is problematic (and probably racist):
1. It's Antagonistic: It's not a disease-state to be unvaccinated. To associate the stigma of disease with a lack of vaccination just to shame people into getting the vaccine is the kind of rhetoric that makes people dig in their heels about their stance against it.
2. It's Wrong: The incidence of a disease might be dubbed a "pandemic" when it reaches a certain threshold of victims and geographical distribution. The current 'victims' of COVID-19 (those who have it, and to a lesser extent, those who deal with long COVID-19) are victims regardless of their vaccination status (https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/10/breakthrough-covid-cases-why-fully-vaccinated-people-can-get-covid.html).