I think of it more like, I have a job that let me spend six hours refreshing to find the earliest possible appointment, and then take a few days off to weather the storm.

The people who don’t have that but still want a vaccine need help to get it.
Are we going to incidentally over-reward some people who are just borderline antivaxxers? Sure.

But please don’t forget that a lot of people don’t have jobs where they can just take not work for 1-3 days because of vaccine side effects.
I do wish we just straight-forwardly helped people out dealing with those immediate impacts, but I’ll take it like this.
Just look at vaccination demographics, and remember, it’s not all anti-vaxers. A lot of it is people who are going to need more support to get this done, and so we should provide that support gladly and willingly.
And please don’t forget that the people who need support really have been the ones who are doing all the work in the high school group project that is COVID—people who do shift work, gig work, who work multiple jobs to make ends meet and kept working through the pandemic.
Those of us who had jobs that let us be flexible and work from home and then take 48 hours off post-vaccine?

We really weren’t the ones pulling the heaviest load.

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(1) Directly calling someone names that are purposefully designed to be hurtful rather than truthful in order to harm them.
Calling someone racist when you truthfully believe them to be racist? Not bullying.

Calling someone an asshole when they’re mean to you? Also not bullying.

Calling someone a fat ugly bitch because you dislike their Medicare stance? Getting closer.
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Sure. But the methods of voter suppression have the largest impact on Democratic demographics, and so they’d be making those areas even more Republican. Not a win.
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