You know what's missing from this bit of moralistic scolding from WaPo? Any mention of all the anti-mask, anti-vaxx COVID truthers who live among us.
I "jumped the line" and got my first shot last week. I never planned on line jumping, nor did I ever actively seek out an opportunity to do so, but when my brother sent me a link to the county health department site and said they were booking appointments for anyone who signed up, I acted on instinct and grabbed the first appointment I could. I've spent the past two months helping some of my elderly relatives get their shots, and in some cases, it's been a fucking nightmare. (It took four weeks of checking with every local vaccine distributor every single day to get my mom a shot, and she's a 70 year old cancer survivor.)
Knowing from personal experience that eligibility doesn't guarantee an appointment, I wondered if nobly waiting until I was a thousand percent certain it was "my turn" was actually more self-absorbed than seizing a chance to immunize myself asap.
I also live in an area that's chock full of white deplorables. As I've dutifully followed every single CDC guideline and kept myself on self-imposed house arrest for a year, a huge number of my neighbors have absolutely refused to make even the smallest sacrifices. They put a mask on so they'll be allowed to enter stores, then pull it down with that "fuck you" gleam in their eyes as soon as they're past the front entrance. They've never stopped going to indoor restaurants (seriously, I can't go anywhere in my town without driving past a PACKED restaurant full of maskless assholes). Outside of retail stores, they can't even tolerate it if someone else is wearing a mask while they're not. (I'm an independent contractor, and I've been in many work situations in the past year where some unmasked client has absolutely insisted that I have to take my mask off so we'll "both be comfortable.")
Meanwhile, every fully vaccinated boomer in the area has decided that they're done with masks now (because fuck everyone else, right?), and it's encouraging all the local qanon freaks to become even more brazen in their own non-compliance with mask rules. Those of us who have trusted the science and done everything right all year feel like we're in a race against time to make sure we're immunized before everyone stops bothering with masks altogether, including the large population of anti-vaxx morons.
I didn't jump at the first vaccine appointment I could get because I couldn't wait another minute to go out partying. I did it because I was afraid I'd still be "waiting my turn" by the time I was the only person wearing a mask at the grocery store, and I'd be stuck in the checkout line with some fucking qcumber who's coughing up the latest variant all over me.
Fuck WaPo for insinuating that every "line jumper" is some vapid, amoral twit who's been scheming to take your grandma's shot away. This is an incredibly complex social issue in more ways than one, and this article's interpretation of it is childish.