Yet the pre-pandemic anti-vaccination movement was a relatively small phenomenon. The current resistance to the coronavirus vaccines is much greater and more political, essentially engulfing a large section of the Republican Party. But the results are the same: people who refuse vaccination get sick and endanger those who, for medical reasons, cannot get vaccinated. Whether they make this decision out of misguided mistrust of science or as a rallying cry for the war of cultures, it is irresponsible and selfish.
YouTube, Facebook and other social media giants cracked down on coronavirus misinformation at the start of the pandemic, but did not initially address anti-vaccination lies in general. While it is true that these are two somewhat separate phenomena, it is common sense that the broader anti-vaccination movement is likely to gain new adherents, as the political right is raising doubts about vaccines against the anti-vaccination. coronavirus.
Already, some Republican officials in places like Florida and Tennessee have broadened their resistance rhetoric to encompass not only coronavirus vaccine mandates, but long-standing school vaccination mandates for childhood illnesses. Most Americans have long supported these school mandates, but the current political conversation has the potential to change that.