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Alec Hogg’s Inbox: Covid-19 vaccines have become an emotive subject

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The response to my interview with Discovery’s chief actuary reminded me how emotive a subject Covid-19 vaccines have become. Unfortunately, some of the correspondents would do better in the company of sailors – as a school teacher once asked me, Do you eat with that mouth?”. One of the more rational emails was from Almero van Wyk who wrote:

The question regarding COVID-19 vaccination compliance is pretty simple. If you do not want to be vaccinated that is your decision. But there must be consequences for making that decision. If you are an anti-vaccination advocate and you elect not to be vaccinated and by some miraculous happening, you contract COVID-19 or you contract it and infect someone else (who has been vaccinated), the cost of hospitalization and recovery should be born by you and specifically excluded from any benefit afforded by healthcare insurers, unemployment benefits or sick benefits. This would be much like electing to not insure your car. If you do not insure your car and have an accident, guess who bears the consequences financially.

Let’s not kid ourselves, COVID-19 is a serious universal event and has cost and is still costing people vaccinated or not a lot of money. Why should some selfish people get away with refusing to get vaccinated.

Loved this quip from community member Lionel Heath who wrote:

I saw a quote recently and cannot find it now – I have a funny feeling the author was a Russian. Basically it said that if things continue as they are, soon intelligent people will be told not to think to stop embarrassing the idiots.

A similar line from Neels Viljoen who wrote:

Keep up the good work and the open space for discourse on any topic. To my mind anyone who has not wrestled with the consequences of suppressing free speech, not witnessed what we, all of us, are capable of in a world devoid of that, needs to join us on that journey. Free speech is not free, it is hard fought for, was stolen from people in the past and it continues to be taken away today. I wish everyone that doubts if it can happen to us, will read the firsthand accounts of:

  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in the Gulag Archipelago. In it he describes events leading up to his arrest as well as his and his fellow prisoners’ accounts of life in the Soviet forced labour camps that led to the imprisonment, brutalization and very often murder of tens of millions of innocent Soviet citizens by their own Government. He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Gulag Archipelago has sold over thirty million copies in thirty-five languages.
  • Yeonmi Park in In Order to Live. Yeonmi is a North Korean defector and activist whose family fled from North Korea to China in 2007 and settled in South Korea in 2009, before moving to the United States in 2014).

And back on the job creation beat is Marylynne Hagen who wrote…

One of the biggest educational blunders was the elimination of the apprenticeships and their replacement by the plunder-ripe SETAs. We could at this stage have had skilled artisans who had on the job skills training from highly experienced  artisans an d sound theoretical training.

The courses could also be redesigned to include business skills training to assist in the establishment of small businesses such as plumbers, welders, wood workers and cupboard makers.

Bring back the apprenticeships!

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