When it comes to pushing the COVID vaccination agenda there have been few more dedicated champions for the jabs than the pampered and privileged opinion shapers who work for media outlets headquartered in the deep blue coastal enclaves of the cultural elite, primarily New York City and the New York Times is throwing a fit over what it sees as a collapse of trust in medical authorities.
On Thursday, the nation’s “newspaper of record” published a column bemoaning the idea that parents haven’t been rushing out to get shots into the arms of their young children and that the abysmally low vaccination rate for kids under 5-years-old is an ominous sign that public health experts have oversold the dangers of the virus with their incessant fearmongering,
“You would think that vaccination sites would have been swamped with parents rushing to vaccinate their young children against Covid after the Food and Drug Administration authorized the vaccines for the under-5 age group in June,” writes Indiana University professor of pediatrics Aaron E. Carroll. “But as of early August, around 5 percent of eligible children under 5 had received the first dose of the vaccine series. Worse, the number of them being immunized has been decreasing.”
“What does it say, then, that most parents have not vaccinated their children against Covid? Even if, as the data would suggest, they’ve vaccinated themselves at much higher rates?” Carroll asks. “I fear that it’s indicative of Americans’ loss of trust in the public health system of the United States. Much of that is because of misinformation and disinformation spread about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations. But some of it is the result of inconsistent and often suboptimal science communication by public health experts.”
Only about 6% of kids under 5 are vaccinated against Covid. “I fear that it’s indicative of Americans’ loss of trust in the public health system of the United States,” @aaronecarroll writes. https://t.co/1h16C0cR9X
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) August 20, 2022
“Too many messages are still centered on trying to frighten people into compliance by arguing about worst-case scenarios and convincing them that things are as dangerous as ever. They amplify every new variant and predict future worsening. They point to charts of the unvaccinated and vaccinated and marvel at the differences in deaths,” he said, criticizing the so-called experts. “Such charts almost always, however, depict outcomes that don’t easily apply to young children. If the goal is to persuade parents to take action to prevent harm to their children, this won’t work.”
The responses from Twitter users would seem to validate Carroll’s theory of lost faith in the experts.
Trust wasn’t lost, it was destroyed.
— Clifton Duncan (She/Her) (@cliftonaduncan) August 20, 2022
Trust wasn't lost: public health authorities took their credibility, poured gasoline on it, and set it afire. https://t.co/y6cwUxKF6w
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) August 21, 2022
You all should take a bow for helping to make this a reality.
— JJS (@jamesseegs) August 20, 2022
I remember seeing them offer a free hamburger for a covid shot. I knew it wasn’t about health n safety
— Lee 🇺🇲 (@TrellyCee) August 20, 2022
94% of the parents used critical thinking and woke up to the lies and abuse of power @nytopinion https://t.co/YAeTUnnMG1
— Jacqueline Tobacco (@Jax1331) August 20, 2022
Public health destroyed their credibility when they prioritized a narrative over truth.
— often uncommon 👊 (@oftenuncommon) August 20, 2022
🎯fauci walensky etc to blame💯
— william wallace don’t ask me to show my papers (@goodbyegirl1012) August 20, 2022
The fact that Americans have lost trust in the “public health system” is a great thing. You should celebrate it and explain why it happened.
— Red Istari (@IstariRed) August 20, 2022
AND the farcical approval of this vaccine for little kids is a chief reason for that mistrust
— Dana II (Formerly Dana the Safety Goblin) (@nothankuthanx) August 20, 2022
Excellent, the kool aid went sour before to many were led astray https://t.co/f40diBn8x5
— handygas (@handygas) August 21, 2022
The loss of trust encompasses mainstream journalism.
— Lead Reckoning (@Heathen_Rck) August 20, 2022
I wonder why–incessant lies, redefining the word vaccine to push those lies, heavy handed tactics, and oh yeah…ENDLESS LIES.
FUCK the Public Health System. https://t.co/eT3XGI6J9F
— KAM Loves Comics and Liberty (@KAMtot1138) August 20, 2022
“Fear-based messaging can backfire. Shaming people for not agreeing with your policies on Covid prevention will harden their positions, not make them more likely to agree with you,” Carroll said.
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