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America is tired of vaccine fights -- Adam Dachman
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America is tired of vaccine fights -- Adam Dachman

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I am a practicing surgeon in rural Wisconsin. After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, here is my view:

Just over 50% of residents are fully vaccinated -- and that number does not include boosters (COVID immunity wanes over time). Those who are vaccinated, as a group, enjoy substantially lower infection rates and rare deaths. We all still hear about folks who are dying from COVID infections -- mostly unvaccinated.

Nowadays, when you hear about someone ailing in the hospital, the first question is usually, "Were they vaccinated?” When the answer is “no,” the vaccinated feel validated. It's a bit of schadenfreude -- pleasure derived from another person's misfortune. I hate to say this so bluntly, but it is true. We can all deny it, but somewhere in your head you feel a sense of "I told you so."

I’m convinced that at this point Americans don’t care. We have become tired of fighting. We have become tired of trying to convince anti-vaxxers they are wrong.

Keep your virus to yourself. Die if you will, don’t say we didn’t tell you so. Americans just don’t care anymore.

Adam Dachman, Deerfield

Follow along as State Journal cartoonist Phil Hands draws a cartoon about the Green Bay Packers' unvaccinated quarterback testing positive for COVID-19

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