Maybe officials should put their lives where their policies are.
I’d caution against reading too much into this development, but it does provide some important context for U.S. public health decisions:
Swedish health officials on Wednesday paused usage of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for younger people and children after reports of possible side effects including myocarditis, while Denmark also announced that it halted the shot for those under the age of 18. …
The agency said it now recommends the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine instead for people born in 1991 or later, noting that the decision is valid until Dec. 1. Those from that age group who got the first Moderna dose should not get a second dose, the agency added.
This doesn’t surprise me, which is why I sought out the Pfizer vaccine. But in any event, it does raise a question: as public officials increasingly dismiss alternate possibilities for people (e.g., natural immunity or protective gear in lieu of a vaccine), maybe they should have to agree to give up their lives if the risk they’re forcing on others turns unexpectedly bad.