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Why Did I Bother Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Why Did I Bother Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine?

As readers of my commentaries know, I was never particularly fearful of catching Covid-19, and consequently was not in a desperate rush to get the vaccine — even though I am in the high-risk age group with my share of what they call “underlying conditions.”  I knew my chances of contracting the virus was one-in-ten – and my chances of dying from it was one-tenth of one percent.  That is what the numbers tell us.  Pretty good odds for staying healthy.

So, I waited a few weeks after vaccinations were available here in Florida before I had my name put on the waiting list.  I then sat back and waited.  I got the call sooner than I expected — and went in for the shot at my local Publix grocery store pharmacy.

To my surprise, there were none of the long lines I saw on television.  I was in and out in less than ten minutes – including the post-shot waiting requirement.  I guess they wanted to make sure I would not pass out.  To be honest, they asked that I wait seated for 10 minutes, but I bolt out after five – confident that I would be one of the 99 percent not having significant side effects.

Based on all that the scientists and medical professionals were telling me, I assumed it was safe to resume some semblance of my past normal life. 

After all, my bowling partners have been vaccinated.  My son is recovered and has the antibodies.  All the older folks I hang with have been vaccinated.

Before the vaccination, I never wore a mask outside – as was the case with most people I encountered.  I regularly ate in restaurants where patrons did not wear masks for obvious reasons.  I never got into washing my hands more than normal.  But I did keep social distance – sort of – more out of fear of being chastised than getting the virus.

If that was my life before the vaccine, what should I do now that I have immunity.  Weeeell … every time I cruise the news, I hear that I must continue the most severe protective measures – more severe than I adhered to in the past. 

As of this writing, more than 90 million people have received the Covid-19 vaccine – and by the time you read this commentary, another 5 or 6 million will have gotten shots.  There are more than 20 million people who have recovered and are now immune.  Factor out the 48 million kids under the age of 10 who are not at much risk – and all those between 10 and 65, who will overwhelmingly recover if they get it – and the threat from Covid-19 is diminishing quickly. 

Cases are declining.  On January 9th, the daily new case number peaked at 308,000. Today it is 68,000.  More importantly, hospitalization and deaths are declining, Even the number of those who CURRENTLY have the virus has fallen to approximately 8 million – and continuing to decline – as opposed to the 30 million figure reported every day in the media.  That number includes everyone who has HAD the virus in the past.  Using that number instead of those currently with active Covid-19 is just more fearmongering, in my judgment.

If I have to maintain the same precautions and protective measures now as I did at the height of the Pandemic – and no vaccine – why did I even bother getting the shot? 

The fact is … the chance of my contracting Covid-19 or dying from it has statistically vanished.  Oh, for sure, there may be a one in a million chance – or one in a billion.  If I must run around in a protective bubble – and tens of millions of my fellow citizens have to suffer the critical and life-threatening consequences of the shutdown – what is the benefit of the Covid-19 vaccine?

Some say that I could still be a carrier.  But they are not the top authorities.  Just more media fearmongering.  According to the best medical authorities, those with immunity are VERY unlikely to carry the virus and spread it to others.

Why are these reporters and some television doctors still peddling the fearmongering?  Don’t they care about the kids out of school, the folks who lost jobs and businesses, the seniors who are craving to get out and about.  There are two sides to this coin.  We cannot deal only with the medical side.  We have to consider the impact of the shutdown on the greater society.  It is not an easy balancing act, but we cannot just come down on one side.

Kudos to the governors who are opening their states – gradually or totally — for the benefit of ALL the people.  If others want to go to the extreme protective measures – and wear a mask all the time – let them.  It is a free country.  As for me, I am going out and about without fear.  I am looking forward to hanging out with more friends – whether they wear masks or not.

We have been told to listen to the scientists and doctors.  They told me that the Covid-19 vaccine is 95 percent effective.  I am listening and believe them – and therefore ignoring the media fearmongering.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Randy

    Way to go Larry. I also have not believed all the fearmongering, truly believing this was a political hoax for a virus that 99.7% of all people recover from it. The democrats and MSM pushed their agenda to get rid of trump which is truly sad that people fell for it. Early on we didn’t know what it was but after months we recognize that the recovery for the flu and Covid are the same and, the number of deaths from heart attack, flu, cancer are way down. Why? Because they are calling them Covid to inflate the death numbers of Covid.

    • Micala

      That is exactly what I have been reading about COVID –hospitals counting automobile accidents and other sicknesses as Covid patients BECAUSE THE HOSPITALS GOT $$ FOR EVERY COVID PATIENT THEY TREATED. The numbers were grossly inflated and the FEARMONGERING began.

      It’s a crime what politicians have done to our Nation. Hopefully those same politicians will be struck down by a Covid mutation — that’s exactly what they deserve!

      And, NO, I am not getting that DNA invasive vaccine! The last time I got a flu shot, I almost died because of the shot and it has destroyed my digestive tissues. Not happening in my life ever again!

  2. JohN

    Larry, go to for the REAL reasons NOT to take the shot and spread the info

  3. Martin Cole

    Your article shows your complete ignorance of a virus that has killed 2,624,426 as of today. Once the vast majority of the public receive a vaccine, we can return to a normal lifestyle with risks associated somewhat similar to influenza

    • mama bear

      Martin, you must be getting your information from CNN.

    • mama bear

      Martin, you must be getting your information from CNN

    • Anonymous

      Martin … I would have been more impressed if you specifically stated what you think I misstated rather than accuse me of complete ignorance. I do a lot of research and can back up my statements and opinions.. Other than agreeing with me and the stats that 2.6 million people died world-wide and we can return to normal after most folks get vaccinated, you seem to have an uninformed opinion.

  4. Dale Brown

    It was so called science that brought you the vaccine! I don’t think I’ll be rewarding science for the cleanup or attempted cleanup of the mess they created. I’ll trust in God and carry on as long as he allows no matter what!

    • Dale Brown

      Not brought you the vaccine but brought you the virus! Technology….#$just to clear up the comment.

  5. Doug Litchfield

    As always there will be another strain coming along that the flu shot or vaccine will not be the ticket. Never fear for big pharma will whip up another batch of snake oil to stuff in one’s torso. If not, you can be sure the lefties will pencil whip up another crisis.

  6. Kate

    I agree it is another way to keep the public fearful and nervous. I think the whole thing was a hoax. Because I was worried that I may not be able to fly, I succumbed and got the stupid vaccine. Not happy about it

  7. Mike

    Well, Larry, it’s still a free country (kind of), so if getting “vaccinated” makes you more confident, I’m good with that.

    I’m older than you and I’ve chosen not to believe Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates, and the Washington DC bureaucrats. I don’t trust any of them, so for the time being, I’m not getting any shots they are pushing.

    The long-term effects of these “vaccines” are completely unknown.

  8. Richard

    Fearmongering is how Democrats, Socialists, Communists, and Fascists exert control over a population. Wake up America! You’re next to be conrolled even more than previously.

  9. dick toomey

    Larry, you keep using the word “immunity.” The shot doesn’t give you immunity. Just as a flu shot doesn’t give you immunity. Same ball of wax. The crime is that government & media has instilled the notion that CV is a death sentence — disallowed proven repurpose drugs — the fear factor is incendiary. Meanwhile, people daily suffer from serious sinus infections, flu, pneumonia and other illnesses, but seek available treatment. Thanks for speaking out about your personal experience.

  10. Anonymous

    Consider the people who DIED because they took the shot!

    • Anonymous


    • mamabear

      Anonymous: Hank Aaron died 17 days after getting the shot. More are dying everyday after taking it. That will be the next comparison for death rates, that is if the media has the guts to report it.

    • mamabear

      Hank Aaron died 17 days after taking the “vaccine.” Those that took this vaccine are now dying from taking it. Very good reason not to have it.

  11. Ben

    Larry, kudos for a mostly fair article that lays out your perspective while mostly respecting those with differing opinions.
    No complaints from this progressive Democratic voter.
    I did find it odd that the medical provider in the headlining picture has no PPE on. Not even gloves that would have been standard equipment prior to the pandemic. You are taking this no fear thing to an extreme.

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