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Elon Musk Questions Vaccine Mandates: Why Were We Forced To Take The Shots?

Is Elon Musk's stand a glimpse into a larger debate on the issue of vaccine mandates?

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Sep 26, 2023 22:06 IST
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New Delhi: Elon Musk, the maverick entrepreneur and CEO of SpaceX, recently voiced his concerns about the stringent vaccine mandates imposed by governments and corporations alike. In a series of tweets, Musk raised questions about the compelling demand for people to not only receive the COVID-19 vaccine but also multiple booster shots. The billionaire’s statement creating a stir in the ongoing global vaccination discourse.

Defying mandates

Musk’s primary concern seemed to revolve around the notion that individuals were being mandated to receive vaccines and boosters to engage in everyday activities. He found this approach excessive and, in his words, “messed up.” Specifically, he cited the potential consequences that companies, including SpaceX, would face if they were compelled to terminate employees who refused vaccination.

Musk’s stance was clear – he would rather face legal repercussions, even prison, than terminate good employees who were hesitant to receive the jab.

Personal experience

Musk also shared his personal experience with the COVID-19 vaccine. Having contracted the original COVID-19 before vaccines were available, he endured mild cold-like symptoms. However, for travel purposes, he had to receive three vaccine doses. The third shot, he revealed, had nearly landed him in the hospital.

This prompted him to contemplate how many individuals might be attributing symptoms to vaccines or COVID-19 treatment rather than the virus itself.

Djokovic’s example

Highlighting the case of tennis sensation Novak Djokovic, who chose not to take any COVID-19 vaccine and still achieved remarkable success in his career, Musk underscored that his concerns were not rooted in vaccine skepticism. Instead, he argued that the potential side effects and mandates should not outweigh the benefits.

The bigger picture

Musk’s tweets open up a larger discussion on vaccine mandates, individual choice, and the necessity for a balanced public discourse on vaccine efficacy. While he recognizes the significance of vaccines and the promise of synthetic mRNA in treating various diseases, he remains steadfast in his belief that the cure should not be worse than the disease itself.

Musk’s stance has ignited a fresh debate, prompting individuals and authorities to reconsider the boundaries of vaccine mandates and the importance of informed, open discussions regarding their efficacy and potential side effects.



First published on: Sep 26, 2023 09:42 PM IST

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