Some of those who remain unvaccinated to this point - but are still considering it - are facing significant in-group pressures. Choosing to get the vaccine for them is uphill and takes courage.
I 100% understand venting and frustration. But the public health effort could use outreach across beliefs, encouragement, and validation, not vilification.
“Insult people’s character and intelligence” is not something I was taught in the public health school course on health promotion
The vaccination effort is ongoing, not over. 1/4 of the “only if required or definitely not” group in January are now vaccinated (KFF) and another 1/4 were not hard no’s as of July. There is still a path. We can help clear the way.

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5 Oct
Sang-Woo didn’t tell Ali to call him by his first name, as the subtitles put it. He asked him to call him “brother.” 💔 #SquidGame
And not just brother, but “big brother to a younger boy,” especially thrilling for a younger man who idolizes him.
As an immigrant and outsider, Ali’s “hyung” relationships were presumably few / none. Knife, meet heart.
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3 Oct
You know, Parasite was a big deal in my family. Minari was big. But Squid Game is on another level, as a series. The grandparents’ generation are binge watching and they want to talk about it obsessively through dinner.
It’s a cultural bridge to be able to watch it just in Korean, in Korean with English subtitles, in English only, etc. And just the right amount of familiar (red light green light) and unfamiliar (squid game) that young people connect with curiosity which is cool for the elders
(Spoiler alert, move on it you haven’t seen it) These films capture economic anxiety and wealth gaps so well, and SG includes that anxiety of losing your family to the US. How they never really come back (it’s worth risking your life to avoid that outcome).
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I’m having so many conversations about the concern that vaccines interfere with cells’ genetic material but no one seems freaked out that viruses jump right in there and make our cells little virus factories
I mean, this description from medical news-net: “This typically occurs by the virus inserting its genetic material in host cells, co-opting the proteins to create viral replicates, until the cell bursts from the high volume of new viral particles.”
Vaccines are so polite and elegant in comparison: “if you would, ma’am, make a scrap of spike protein to present to your immune system for its consideration? I’ll see myself out now.”
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30 Sep
Child left the bathtub running and wandered away. Scene from Fantasia ensued. Current status:
The downstairs lights wept like they felt my pain. Did it happen right before an overnight shift? Yes. Yes it did, as all calamities do.
Observation: that little drain at the top of the tub, under the faucet, is not up for the job.
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28 Sep
Hospital mandates have worked to boost vaccination rates. But the other end of it - firing the employees who remain unvaccinated - is incredibly hard for an already thinly stretched workforce. washingtonpost.com/health/2021/09…
Mandates have been successful. I’m just pointing out that they are also hard.
People are reacting to this like I’m attacking mandates or haven’t read the article. I don’t post without reading - a practice I recommend - and I’m pointing out a tough reality of operationalizing mandates that every hospital will have to face.
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Succinct and powerful piece on racial segregation in hospitals nejm.org/doi/full/10.10…
“In late May 2020, I received an email message from our institutional leaders… It was a proclamation of commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement. It described our hospital system’s dedication to providing equitable and high-quality care to all communities…”
“… and particularly to communities of color. I closed my email and went downstairs to the outpatient clinics, where I reached a fork in the hallway. To the right were the “resident” clinics — where Medicaid patients were seen.”
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