For what itâ€™s worth, this is my view:
I consider drugs a last resort, not a preferred response (although I do make an exception for alcohol).
The drugs in question have been around for a few months, had some basic testing for short-term side effects, and then released to the public. Long-term testing done: zero. Testing of cumulative effects (remember, they want us to take these drugs on a regular basis for the rest of our lives): negligible. Iâ€™m sure the people working on them are very knowledgeable. They can speculate, they can theorise, they can avoid repeating previous mistakes, but the simple fact is that until theyâ€™ve actually done the experiment they donâ€™t- and canâ€™t- know.
Iâ€™m also very concerned about the fact that the media has nailed, riveted, bolted and welded its colours to the mast on the question of vaccine safety. When every noteworthy media organization in the country is blithely declaring â€œthese drugs are safeâ€�, itâ€™s very hard to have any confidence that should dangerous side effects occur, they would actually be reported. Not that reporters know very much about vaccines themselves; they rely on sources inside the medical industry. And contrary to popular belief, drug manufacturers are not charities, they are extremely profitable businesses with large marketing and legal departments, and they have billions of dollars at stake. They have a demonstrable interest in keeping bad news out of the papers.
As explained above, the risks of the vaccine aren't known, so itâ€™s hard to make a judgement. As for covid-19, it appears that the risks overwhelmingly fall on the old and those with existing medical conditions. For everyone else- including me, and the majority of the population- it seems to pose a similar threat to a bad flu, and I donâ€™t take vaccines for the flu. I know a few people in high risk categories, and I would suggest that for them itâ€™s probably worth rolling the dice on the vaccines.
I suppose they could, if they brought a weapon. From a social point of view, I do get along better with people who are skeptical of government and the media.
I suppose the key difference is that people who havenâ€™t taken those vaccines arenâ€™t currently being overtly threatened with ostracism for their decision.