Though NYC's proof-of-vaccination policy went into effect earlier this month, protesting persists
New York City — Back in college, my favorite coach was affectionately called "Coach V." Unlike the other coaches, Coach Vincent never raised his voice. Heck, he even politely asked us to do drills and stuff, as opposed to barking orders.
When I asked Coach V why his approach seemingly worked far better than his fellow coaches, he flashed a toothy smile. "That's simple," he said. "I figured out long ago people don't like other people telling them what to do. So, I ask."
Yesterday marked the statewide mandate for health care workers to get vaccinated. But unfortunately, according to the latest NY Times report: not only have thousands refused to meet the deadline but some health care workers have gone on record saying they'd "rather get fired than vaccinated."
Losing health care workers is clearly the last thing NYC wants to hear. The state responded by suggesting they'll call on the National Guard — to replace unvaccinated health care workers — if need be.
Lately, the city has been abuzz with talk of "Vaxxer vs. Anti-vaxxer."
Just yesterday morning, I spotted a young lady seated across from me on the subway. She proudly wore a T-shirt that read "Just Say No Thanks to AV Mandate." And later that evening, I caught wind of anti-mandate protesters storming a mall food court in Staten Island.
"My body, my choice" served as the rallying cry. Apparently.
"We shouldn't be carrying papers and showing papers because we live in America. We're the land of the free," a female protester said.
In short, though most New Yorkers would agree with Ben Franklin's maxim that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," perhaps the root of the issue boils down to what my old coach figured out:
People don't like other people telling them what to do.
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