My wife and I went to our small town farmers market last Saturday. It was located behind the court house and there were a dozen or so vendors, hobbyists, veggie and fruit sellers.
As soon as we had we walked into the area, I spotted a young guy headed for me.
“Man,” I thought, “this is some aggressive squash seller.”
Turns out he was with the health department which had a tent giving free COVID vaccines.
“I’m all vaxxed up.” I told him. “Have been since March.”
I’m pleased that local health people are semi-aggressive in promoting vaccinations. Frankly, it’s a drop dead easy decision for high risk folks like me and ought to be an easy decision for all adults. Vaccines are safe, highly effective, and free.
Now there is this Delta Variant of the virus and it is spreading quickly and widely, so I read. I also read that folks like me who are fully vaccinated, both doses, have a low risk. Figures reported may vary but I see 90% effective touted for Moderna.
Still, my level of concern has been elevated a bit.
My situation is that I’m in a small Bible study group with around 15 others, all senior, high risk folks. We meet weekly in one of the member’s living room, are in close contact with each other, and are always sharing some cookies or other snack, water and coffee.
Is this a problem situation?
I know that there are maybe six members who are unvaccinated. I’ve discussed it with one. He’s an anti-vaxxer, at least on this one. Others have shared in the group that they will just trust the Lord and ‘if you get it, you get it,’ an attitude that sounds more like fatalism than authentic, Holy Spirit led Christian faith. Only one couple in the group has been infected. All of these are people for whom I have a great affection.
Nonetheless, in light of the spread of this variant that is far more communicable than the original virus, I’m weighing a decision to drop out of the group for a time. Let the others do what they may.
Is this an overreaction and what are others facing on this?