By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Despite the Pfizer vaccine receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week, some Wyomingites still refuse to get a COVID vaccine, according to their posts on social media.
Some Cowboy State Daily readers simply said they would not be getting the vaccine, despite the approval, but did not give a reason why.
However, some were more vocal about their opposition to the vaccine and had plenty of reasons to not get the shot.
“Negative ghost rider. The article I read earlier stated this ‘Mandating becomes easier with full approval.’ That kinda lays out their whole agenda, doesn’t it? We are still a free country and should not be forced to put anything into our body that we choose not to,” reader Jake Smith said.
“When you lean on someone hard enough I’m sure they will approve it! But that doesn’t make it safe! It is said the Vaccinated are the ones spreading the Variant? Something to ponder!” reader Mike Myers (not the actor or serial killer) said.
Gov. Mark Gordon, although vaccinated, said he strongly opposes vaccine or mask mandates, telling reporters recently that no statewide mandates would be coming from his office. Instead, he said he would allow cities, counties and school districts to make their own decisions about mandates.
The Wyoming Department of Health has repeatedly stated the three available vaccines are safe and effective. In July, WDH spokeswoman Kim Deti told Cowboy State Daily that the state had seen no vaccine-related deaths.
Additionally, Deti noted that vaccine providers are asked to report any significant health problems after vaccination, whether or not they believe the vaccine was the cause.
However, not all readers were reassured by the department’s assessment.
“I’ll wait for long term results. Get back with me in five or ten years. Not really feeling like finding out what growing extra body parts is like,” Dennis Dickerson.
“Poison, by any other name, is still poison…so no, approval doesn’t change my mind!” reader Tinette Hales said.
Others were looking for ways around vaccine requirements by local government entities.
“Drafting up our religious exemption as we speak for my son attending Junior college. He can’t attend in person unless he has it and he has adamantly opposed it from the beginning,” reader Linda Mangum said.
And some readers questioned the validity of the FDA approval.
“Not in 1000 years! We aren’t too stupid to know that $ were placed under the table to get that approved by FDA. We KNOW how you deceivers operate, so don’t even think that will change our minds. You forget, WE are NOT the dummies here, YOU ARE!” reader Jacqueline Susann (not the novelist) said.