We already know that white evangelicals are less likely than any other religious group to get the COVID vaccine. We already know that stalwart right-wing Christians like Franklin Graham have received backlash for urging other evangelicals to get their shots.
Unfortunately, their reluctance or refusal to get vaccinated has the potential to hurt other people as well. The virus will continue looking for ways to spread, and white evangelicals keep giving it new routes.
A recent New York Times article points out how, despite the vaccines being more available and undeniably effective, a lot of evangelicals are still citing their faith as a reason not to get their shots:
They are the obstacle for anything good.
Well, some of us knew they were idiots long ago; now they are providing more evidence to support their ignorance.
With any luck, the new strains of Covid will exact a heavy toll on the evangelicals, say 4-6 %? Darwin cannot act fast enough on them. If they get 'brain fog', how can anyone tell?
Unfortunately, their refusal to be vaccinated will allow the virus to mutate enough times that our present vaccines will become ineffective against it.
@TomMcGiverin I don't think we know that for certain yet. It's going to be variable among people. We should have significant cross-reactivity from the existing vaccines. We are getting a variety of medicines to reduce fatalities like fluvoxamine and the antibody sera. I do understand your point and we may well need additional vaccines to cover the new variants.
@racocn8 If it weren't for their contributions to virus mutations, I would be fine with letting the virus kill off their numbers, but it isn't that simple.
Yeah I kinda feel that. Let's be honest just saying evangelicals is enough, we all know they're WASPs