Cory Zue

I Am Unvaccinated

by Cory Zue There’s no easy way to do this, so I’m going to just come out and say it. I know that what I’m about to say may make some of you uncomfortable. It might make some of you angry. Maybe even scared. But it’s who I am. It’s my truth. I’m… Wow, OK this is hard. Let me try again. I’m… …not vaccinated. For Covid. Phew! That was hard! I almost feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Are you still here? OK. Let’s continue. For most people my vaccination status is surprising. For many, it’s incomprehensible. How could an MIT-educated, well-meaning, rational (hopefully), Massachusetts-born, Democrat who works in public health still not have a Covid vaccine? I’ve been asked this question many times – sometimes in good faith and sometimes less so. And each time, I’ve struggled to fully satisfy people with my response. So I thought maybe I’d try writing it down. This essay is my attempt to explain my vaccination status as best I can. It’s a complicated answer, which touches on family, science, policy, and morality. It’s a topic that is simultaneously very personal and very broad; difficult to talk about, and yet also important – perhaps, now more than ever. What follows is likely to anger some of you, but I hope that...

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