Disinvited to Thanksgiving Dinner Because You're Not Vaccinated? Share This.
Speaking some common sense and actual science to irrational fear.
I am fortunate in that my vaccinated parents know that the covid vaccine does not stop the spread of COVID-19. We actually have family coming for Thanksgiving who will also not be vaccinated (as I am not), despite my parents actually being at higher risk for severe covid due to their age and comorbidities. A PCR test will be done prior to traveling as it is required by the airlines, which will be sufficient to open our doors on Thanksgiving.
But many people are not so lucky. I am reading a lot of comments by unvaccinated people who have been disinvited to Thanksgiving dinner by misguided and misinformed people who think that the unvaccinated are solely responsible for spreading covid, when the science makes it clear they are not.
Honestly, my feeling is that it’s best not to fight with scared vaccinated people, but I would make a point of telling them that vaccinated people spread COVID-19. I would then not go, and let them learn the hard way.
My feeling is that a lot of vaccinated people who thought they were safe are going to end up with covid after Thanksgiving. It’s better that you are not there so they don’t blame you. Let their heads explode when they get covid despite banning unvaccinated people from dinner.
But let’s try to educate them in the meantime. Here is a letter I’ve whipped up. Feel free to share or modify:
Dear Vaccinated Family Member or Friend:
I am disappointed that you are banning unvaccinated people from your Thanksgiving festivities. While I understand your fear and concern, I’d like to clarify some science on why this is not necessary.
If you believe that you are safe around other vaccinated people, this is actually not true, and I’ll briefly explain why. It is a myth that vaccinated people do not spread covid. In fact, they may be inadvertently spreading COVID-19, so I cannot emphasize enough the following for the health and safety of you and your family:
According to the CDC and some recent studies, vaccinated people can spread covid. In fact, vaccinated people who get covid can have the same viral loads as the unvaccinated. Worse, some speculate that vaccinated people are more likely to be asymptomatic when spreading COVID-19.
There is admittedly some debate about whether vaccinated people might be less likely to get and thus spread covid overall, but the important point is this:
An unvaccinated person may be more likely to show symptoms while spreading covid.
A vaccinated person may be more likely to be asymptomatic and not realize they have covid while spreading covid.
In reality, the safest people to be around are those who have antibodies to covid (as verified by a lab test) due to natural immunity.
Here are some sources:
CDC statement on mask guidance based on concerns vaccinated people spread the COVID-19 Delta variant.
UC Davis study showing no significant difference in viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated people who get covid.
A resource on 129 research studies on covid natural immunity.
Furthermore, because many vaccinated people are unaware that they actually can spread covid, they may be less careful and not bother to engage in protective activities like masks or getting tests done prior to showing up for Thanksgiving.
As you can see, if your concern is a covid-free Thanksgiving, you may be more at risk from other vaccinated people for the reasons above.
Thus, you should be requiring all your guests, not just the unvaccinated guests, to get a covid test prior to showing up on your doorstep.
You also might want to read this article from The Atlantic, Getting Back to Normal Is Only Possible Until You Test Positive, about the vaccinated writer catching covid at a fully vaccinated wedding at this archive link.1
Finally, because you are so worried about the spread of covid, I will respect your wishes and stay home. But I wanted to encourage you to require covid tests of all your guests, as you are otherwise exposing everyone unnecessarily.
If you truly want a risk-free Thanksgiving, then cancel the in-person dinner and have everyone meet via video conferencing. This is the only way to truly protect everyone.
I hope this clears up any confusion or concern you might have over how covid is spread.
If you have any further questions, I’m happy to answer them.
Your Friend/Family Member
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