Prioritizing The Wrong People For Vaccines

I’m 81 years old and I’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19. My children and my grandchildren have mostly been placed on waiting lists for months from now since they are too young to qualify at this point in time in the State of New Jersey. This is wrong. Very!

I’ve lived my life. Of course I’d like to continue and enjoy smachot in the years to come. So would my 83-year-old husband. But is it fair or reasonable or ethical for us, who’ve already far exceeded the threescore and 10 to which we feel entitled (without real justification for sure), to get special treatment while our progeny, 4 children, 14 grandchildren and their 4 spouses, 2 great-grandchildren with another due to arrive this spring, are not eligible? I maintain that the younger should be vaccinated before the elder. Our deaths at our ages would not be shocking. This is just common sense.

I agree that death with suffering is a sorrowful and tragic way to end a life. I would propose that our doctors aim to ameliorate pain and protracted agony as a way of making prioritizing the young more palatable.

Somewhere the priorities of the world gave birth to this notion that the old, the infirm, those in hospice are more deserving than those raising children, teaching children, learning to be medical practitioners and numerous other as yet unvaccinated humans.

I am not ready to confront death. I am, however, being treated unfairly. Not personally since I’ve already received the vaccine and nothing I do can undo that. I am merely concluding that the world pecking order should be reevaluated. We’ve all heard the tragic cry of parents who’ve lost children, asking God why He couldn’t have taken them instead. Which of us vaccinated elders would not push our child in front of us in the line? I know I would.

About the Author
Rosanne Skopp is a wife, mother of four, grandmother of fourteen, and great-grandmother of two. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and travels back and forth between homes in New Jersey and Israel. She is currently writing a family history.
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