Some years ago…when somebody first told me about the phenomenon of ‘anti-vaxxers’, I was fiercely disbelieving and resistant because I had never known that to be an issue here in the UK. The whole idea was new to me. It was completely standard that you had vaccines as a child, had vaccines in school, had vaccines to go to certain countries; nobody ever questioned that.
The person telling me about this was also from the UK, so it was very strange that they were defending the notion of ‘anti-vaxxers’ being a problem in the UK. To be so sure about something I’d never heard about and which made no sense was weird (though it wouldn’t be the first time). But why would you single out a very specific example of medicine to be ‘against’? How could paracetamols be ok but vaccines not? ‘Anti-medicine’ would make more sense than ‘anti-vaccine’. It’s like deciding you don’t like the word ‘the’.
Cut to the present— the COVID vaccination numbers in the UK have never shown anything but very fast uptake, plateauing at high rates of take-up, in fact the numbers I would’ve expected in the absence of any ‘anti-vax’ phenomenon.
Also by now in the present I’m definitely aware that ‘anti-vaxxers’ are perhaps a problem in comparable western countries like the USA and Canada. The funny thing is that the notion of anti-vaxxers being a significant issue persists in the UK. The even funnier thing was that it never existed here! The true number is probably somewhere between the number of people who believe in the 5G Hivemind Network and the number of those who still believe in Father Christmas.
So, I am vindicated and sanity restored, but there’s a lesson there I’m sure!
If you’re from the UK, you can safely say— anti-vaxxers do not exist! Forget about the idea and don’t waste any more energy on it :).