Okay, this piece of vaccine news was so ridiculous, I had to explore more and post about it.
“Um, only hot people get the Pfizer vaccine,” a popular TikTok audio by user “idrinkurmilkshake” announces. “If you got Moderna then, I don’t know what to tell you, queen.”
Go look for yourself. What are your initial thoughts/feelings/reactions? What are the positive and negative implications of this?
Here are my thoughts:
As the COVID vaccine rollout continues, young people are now becoming eligible for their first shot (!). And, naturally, some Gen Z’ers are celebrating in their own unique way – on TikTok. Several videos have gone viral featuring young folx announcing their membership of the Pfizer or Moderna gang, and even debating which is the vaccine for “hot people.” Good thing I got Pfizer???? Am I hot????
While I’m totally a fan and supporter of people celebrating their vaccine in whatever way that feels good and true to them, there’s a part of me that thinks this “rivalry” or gang-like behavior/competition, could cause or contribute to fear, anxiety, or paranoia about the effectiveness of the vaccines and/or completely misguide people.
First, I’m not sure where they’re getting their information. Second, I actually don’t think it’s funny or entertaining to mess around with public health – and I’m speaking about the FULL spectrum of health – mental, emotional, physical, and more. There are SO many other topics or subjects we can game-ify or joke around with, I just don’t think it needs to be this one. I’d want to ask these TikTokers one question: What is your position in vaccinations? How do you feel about how your government or community handled the pandemic? How are they doing now? What are you doing now? And, how are you contributing to the conversation/what are your ultimate goals with the message you’re broadcasting?
I’d be genuinely curious to find out more – there’s probably something I can learn. For now, I’m a little bummed this is even a “thing” – and I’m not quite sure where the insatiable desire to come up with false and potentially harmful content. Feels like 90s high school to me!
Are you a hot Pfizer girl? Moderna gang? Or are you team Johnson & Johnson?
On TikTok, vaccine rivalries are taking over.
— Kalhan (@KalhanR) April 8, 2021