This article is published in Vanity Fair issue 30-31 on newsstands until August 4, 2021
Is becoming a bad game, the one between those who get vaccinated and those who don’t. Those who have been vaccinated, like me, think that those who do not want to be vaccinated are a bit of an asshole, or at least ignorant, and those who do not want to get vaccinated think that those who get vaccinated are an idiot. I apologize for the use of foul language, now that even the Five Stars have banned it, but I don’t know how else to say it, and maybe I don’t even want to say it any other way.
It is yet another division, yet another derby, and it is not at all nice, it does not lead to anything good, but the fact is that this time the stakes are not whether we are with whites or blacks, with the boomers or with the influencer, this time we die. Even in the past, to be honest, people died with certain fake news, but now they die more. We die, the economy dies, the world stops. My youngest daughter is desolate because she fears that if we go on like this she will never be able to lead a normal life again. My oldest son had an idea one day: according to him, if the state gave twenty euros to all those who get vaccinated, perhaps the problem would be solved. My daughter lit up for a moment and said, “Maybe fifty?”
That doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me. Forty days after the second vaccine I did the serological test to see how many antibodies I had: two thousand five hundred. There are several, they tell me. I assure you that it feels calmer. I know that you can get sick all the same (but the probability of doing it in a serious way is very low) and that you can get infected (but much less) the same: I know everything. But I guarantee you: if you know someone who does not want to get vaccinated or who is undecided, tell them how much better they are. Tell him in a nice way, don’t call him an asshole or ignorant, you who are kind and polite people, not like me. We all have to die sooner or later. I prefer to die, when it will be, thinking that I have done the right thing for myself and for others.
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