COVID-19: ‘To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that’s the question’

Por: Ivan Rodrigues

The worldwide anti-vaccination movement shares the same ideas as conspiracy theories.

Countries with high vaccine rejection rates are: United States, France, Poland, Russia, Italy, Switzerland…according to MDPI Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy.

“To be or not to be, that’s the question” which in Portuguese is, ‘Ser ou não ser, eis a questão‘, a famous phrase said by Hamlet during the monologue of the first scene of the third act in the homonymous play by William Shakespeare (written between 1599 and 1601), where Hamlet is entering the scene when a monologue begins.

The opening sentence of the monologue is “To be or not to be, that’s the question”. “To be or not to be” is exactly: to exist or not to exist and, ultimately, to live or die.

Adapted to the current context of Covid-19, preceded by the antivaccinate movement, we have: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that’s the question, ‘To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that’s the question’, which finds the personalist answer in the paragraph above, however the question seems complex, in fact, it’s very simple.

“To vaccinate or not to vaccinate” has become a contemporary existential question about the new Coronavirus pandemic. The phrase became a question about the existential continuity of humanity in the face of the deadly Covid-19.