Discrimination comes in all shapes and sizes. As Americans, we’ve seen it over race, gender, political affiliation, and all sorts of other ways in which someone can be grouped that might give another person the advantage.
However, in what so many are calling the “new normal” there’s also a “new” stigma, the one where those who don’t take an experimental vaccine that well might have a higher death toll than what it’s vaccinating you against, are somehow quacks, or a menace to society.
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The information on the long-term effects of the vaccine are non-existent (because there hasn’t been a term long enough to observe) and the monetary ties between the vaccine and those who support it are suspicious at best, it’s irresponsible, and makes someone, quite literally, what is wrong with the world, if they’re not 100 percent on board.
While we should take warning and always be looking out for the “stick” the company Krispy Kreme is, for now at least, looking to offer a carrot (or the sugary equivalent) to those who bow to the recommended medical procedure and put the experimental injection into their bodies.
Krispy Kreme is encouraging the vaccine in a way that will likely make abstainers more healthy, saying that it will give a free glazed donut each day to anyone who produces their vaccination card, in the United States, for the rest of the year.
“We all want to get COVID-19 behind us as fast as possible and we want to support everyone doing their part to make the country safe by getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them,” said Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer.
The company is really putting their money where their mouth is, asking customers to only prove they’ve gotten a shot to receive potentially hundreds of dollars of free product.
“In order to receive a free doughnut, customers must show a card that contains proof that they have received one or two of the shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” the Daily Wire reported. “It must be brought into a store, but customers won’t need to purchase any additional items in order to receive the free pastry. The offer is limited to one free doughnut per qualified person per day.”
The company website does, however, note that it understands not everyone wants to receive the shot:
“We understand that choosing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is a highly personal decision. We advise all employees and guests to consult with their healthcare provider regarding whether to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and which vaccine to receive after reviewing the available information.”
The CDC states that the vaccines are “safe and effective” and “were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials.” The CDC adds that the COVID-19 vaccines “will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.”
While a free donut for those who have received a shot the company encourages is not in and of itself a problematic move, it appears to be the pre-courser to something much more sinister. Because the government is now recommending medical procedures to the point that they’ll allow someone to be discriminated against if they don’t receive it, conservatives and history buffs alike are flenching at the reminiscence of dictatorships from the past.
Soon we’ll be showing our papers as they did in Germany, or better yet scanning a chip that shows we’re infection-free. Possibly in our hand, or our forehead. Otherwise, we might not be able to frequent establishments, like grocery stores or farmers’ markets.