All of Taiwan’s counties and cities have been starting, stage by stage, to make vaccinations available to eligible senior citizens, but some of those seniors have been passing up the chance to get inoculated. One person posted a message online, saying that an elderly person in his family was worried about possible side effects after vaccination and thought that the vaccine might be too much for her aging body to take, so she had decided not to get vaccinated. However, everyone in her family was very worried, so he was posting this message to ask other people’s advice. This post inspired extensive discussions.
The man posted a message on the PTT bulletin board system, asking: “Is 96-year-old grandma right to give up on the vaccination?” He pointed out that the grandma of his family, having reached the advanced age of 96, hardly ever went out, but only pottered around their house and yard. He said that she was also worried about possible side effects from the vaccine, so she had given up the idea of getting vaccinated.
However, the poster noted that his aunt, who looks after his grandmother, is only 73 years old, so it is not yet her turn to get vaccinated. He said that she often has to go to the market to buy daily necessities, and she has suffered from early-stage ovarian cancer, which puts her in a high-risk group. These factors caused the poster’s family to split into two factions, with one faction wanting to respect the grandmother’s wishes, while the other faction said that she would be exposed to a high risk if did not get vaccinated. The poster said that this situation was very distressing, so he had to turn to fellow Internet users for help.
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After he posted this message, it sparked heated debate among Internet users, with some of them saying that the family should respect the woman’s wishes. Some of the comments were: “Of course she should not get vaccinated — she will be just as well protected if her children and grandchildren get the jab;” “At grandma’s age, she can be responsible for her own decisions;” “Let the elders decide for themselves” and “She can decide for herself, so leave it up to her.”
However, another group of commenters said that the chance of dying from fatal side effects is quite remote, and you are much more likely to end up dead if you unfortunately catch the virus. One person said “She should go and get vaccinated. Among today’s fatal cases, five out of the nine victims aged over 80 had been infected and died because they had contact with other confirmed cases.” Other comments included: “Severe illness causes a lot of suffering — Do not give up your chance, grandma” and “Please get vaccinated — at 96 years old you have a very high chance of becoming severely ill.”
(Translated by Julian Clegg, Taipei Times)
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