For crying out loud, leave people alone. I don't know what's driving this extremely weird "you're being too cautious!" lecture circuit, but if people want to ease themselves into things slowly, leave them alone.
I have seen absolutely no evidence that "my vaccinated neighbor still wears a mask!" is what's driving hesitancy about vaccines. Until you can show that evidence, leave people alone.
I want to make clear: If you want to talk about mandates and what should still be mandated, then absolutely, yes, agreed. But this individual-level "you're irrational!" finger-wagging is the worst.

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