5 Ways That The Phrase "A Pandemic of The Unvaccinated" is Problematic

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.


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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).


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