Why are supermarkets giving vaccines?
Well of course these aren’t just any old supermarket; these are supermarkets with pharmacies.
Oh, I see. It all makes sense now. Nothing to see here, keep moving. It’s all legit.
Hey honey, can you pick me up some COVID-19 vaccine on your way home? I also need some broccoli.
The last time I checked, a vaccine was a foreign substance injected into the human body.
Shouldn’t the administration of that vaccine require a physician’s judgment, especially if it’s a substance that has not been subjected to rigorous scrutiny?
It makes sense to me.
Of course, pharmacies have been giving vaccines for years.
But should they?
In the long run, it probably doesn’t matter because most physicians are on board the government’s program when it comes to vaccine administration.
But what if they weren’t?
What if many doctors gave a particular vaccine because they were obligated to do so, but when asked by their patients whether they should take the vaccine they expressed reservations?
Is that something that would be helpful to their patient’s health?
It might be.
Would we be likely to have those reservations expressed at a supermarket pharmacy?
Generally, the pharmacist at these supermarket pharmacies is an employee of a corporation. Consequently I would expect the pharmacist to reflect the opinion of the corporation.
Is that what we want?
There was a time in the state of Texas when the corporate practice of medicine was banned.
It was banned because our wise antecedents desired doctors and other healthcare providers to offer impartial, independent device.
Wise leaders of old didn’t want giant corporations telling healthcare providers how to practice medicine.
This was done in order to put the patient’s interest first, not the corporation’s bottom line.
The problem we have in our society today is that our pharmacies are largely controlled by giant corporations.
The same people who control the giant corporations also control the government.
For the most part they are college chums who frequently meet together in think tanks and corporate boardrooms in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and Boston.
So what we have in the United States is an oligarchy recommending a vaccine to be delivered via a compliant administrative machinery that is also controlled by that oligarchy.
In other words a few people are recommending and delivering a vaccine to you.
This same oligarchy also controls the media who will sell the benefits of the vaccine alongside the risks for not vaccinating.
Fear and hope are powerful motivators.
Used car salesman use this technique all the time. If you don’t buy by Friday, the price goes up.
We humans are the consummate suckers.
I wonder if dogs are this dumb.
A survey I conducted in my office tells me that almost 2/3 of the people will vaccinate with the as yet undelivered and not fully scrutinized COVID-19 vaccine.
I suspect that the vast majority of these people will get their vaccines at an H-E-B pharmacy in the state of Texas.
My gut tells me that the government will bypass regular physicians – who may express reservations.
I suspect this because I have not been contacted with regard to issuing this new COVID-19 vaccine. I did sign up to deliver the vaccine, but no one has contacted me in a month.
My experience with the influenza vaccine tells me that large corporate pharmacies like Walgreens and H-E-B receive as many flu vaccines as their heart desires while private offices like mine get one chance prior to the flu season to order the vaccine.
What do I think of all this?
I think we are skating on thin ice.
I think that humanity is dumb. We can never seem to learn lessons permanently.
We forget lessons from the past.
Independent doctors serve as an important independent check on big government, big corporations, media hysteria and irrational exuberance.
We are going to learn that lesson the hard way.
Archer Crosley, MD
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