Our dear leaders (appointed and selfaappointed) have repeatedly insisted that the good “old” normal will only be possible when an “amazing” vaccine developed at “warp speed” comes and we vaccinate the entire world population, regardless of age or risk from COVID-19. We know that the production has started although the vaccines are still in the test phase. So we know what is the desired outcome of the safety studies of the vaccines which are already in production, because (pharmaceutical) companies are here to earn money first and… helping people is only a side effect after securing the primary goal which is… money. So they will be using statistics and ill definitions to perform studies which will convince us that everything is perfectly safe. And if it is not safe, they do not have any liability anyway. The debate about mandatory vaccinations is long in the air . And it looks like, in my opinion, that our dear leaders may unleash backslash if they make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory. They know imposing things without consent can have high cost for them. Of course if the tide changes and many people would accept a mandatory vaccine, you can be sure they will make it mandatory. But for the moment it looks like they opted to persuade us to take the vaccine instead of mandating.
So what do you do when you have endless resources and want to persuade people, for their own good (not for making money of course), to take the vaccine that your pharmaceutical company is already producing, and for which you are not accountable of any side effects. Any ideas?
Exactly, this. You start a clinical trial where you test methologically many communication strategies to persuade the people to take the vaccine. It is simple but it is brilliant. I love social engineering and logic perversion :). So lets analyze which messages/tricks they will be using to “appeal” to our reason (or guilt), so that we take the vaccine. (Extracted from the link above):
Control message: The control group of the clinical trial will be told some bird feeding story. (how boring, I would have told them something funny at least)
Baseline message: Vaccines are safe and effective! (Of course they can have side effects, specially this in warp speed developed vaccine, but we will notice them in a couple of years and hope that you do not come the idea it might have been a vaccine injury)
Personal freedom message: COVID-19 costs us our personal freedom, only if enough people get vaccinated we can recover it. (The guilt trip starts here, we lost our personal freedoms because our leaders are taking them from us, come on!. Anyway, you are enslaving the society because you refuse to vaccinate, you are such an egoist)
Economic freedom message: COVID-19 costs us our economic freedom, only if enough people get vaccinated we can recover it. (Another guilt trip, you are destroying the economy if you dont get the shot. Roll up your sleeve you small egoist.)
Self-interest message: COVID-19 presents a real danger to one’s health, even if one is young and healthy. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to prevent oneself from getting sick. (This is the trip of “it is for your health”, and of course we know what is best for you, this an offer you can not refuse… it does not matter you are young, that you have more risk of dying in a car accident than from COVID-19)
Community interest message: COVID-19 is a danger to the health of loved ones. The more people who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the lower the risk that one’s loved ones will get sick. Society must work together and all get vaccinated. (Another guilt trip, do it for your family)
Economic benefit message: COVID-19 destroys the economy and the only way to strengthen the economy is to work together to get enough people vaccinated. (Another guilt trip. The recovery of the economy is only with a syringe possible, you are responsible for the economic devastation if you do not get the shot, it is the economy stupid!)
Guilt message: COVID-19 represents a risk to the health of one’s family and community. The best way to protect them is by getting vaccinated and society must work together to get enough people vaccinated. Then it asks the participant to imagine the guilt they will feel if they don’t get vaccinated and spread the disease. (This is good… guilt with more guilt, I like it. “Imagine the guilt” of being a superspreader, you small bioterrorist.)
Embarrassment message: COVID-19 represents a danger to the health of one’s family and community. The best way to protect them is by getting vaccinated and by working together to make sure that enough people get vaccinated. Then it asks the participant to imagine the embarrassment they will feel if they don’t get vaccinated and spread the disease. (Wow it gets only better and better, guilt plus… embarrassment. Shame on you! if you do not get the shot)
Anger message : COVID-19 represents a danger to the health of one’s family and community. The best way to protect them is by getting vaccinated and by working together to make sure that enough people get vaccinated. Then it asks the participant to imagine the anger they will feel if they don’t get vaccinated and spread the disease. (Guilt and anger… I liked guilt and shame much better :))
Trust in science message: getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the most effective way of protecting one’s community. Vaccination is backed by science. If one doesn’t get vaccinated that means that one doesn’t understand how infections are spread or who ignores science. (Trust me, I am doctor…you are not only an egoist you are also an ignorant and a science denyer if you do not get vaccinated, because of course we say which science is good or not and we, medical authorities know everything and have eaten the wisdom with the spoon, end of discussion)
Not bravery message: this message which describes how firefighters, doctors, and front line medical workers are brave. Those who choose not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are not brave. (Wow, this one is good too, you are a coward if you do not get the “warp speed” shot with cooked safety studies. I would see this one is really an upside down world. Because taking a so rushed vaccine for a disease, which has similar death rate as the flu, is either ignorance or real bravery.