A man named Steve Manchin recently asked Mike Rowe if he had any plans to encourage unvaccinated people to get their COVID19 vaccines. After all, Rowe himself has been vaccinated, and he’s certainly got a large platform. It’s only natural that Rowe would use that platform to push for more vaccinations. We have to get back to normal, right?
Well, for what it’s worth, Rowe — who is definitely pro-vaccine — isn’t pro-trying-to-persuade-people-who-may-not-be-inclined-to-trust-the-“experts.”
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) August 5, 2021
You really do:
Rowe makes it clear that he believes in the vaccine, but that, given the constant goalpost shifting over the past year and a half, he understands why others may be skeptical, even if he doesn’t personally share their skepticism about the vaccine. He also understands that people — at least the adults — who haven’t yet been vaccinated have made a choice, knowing that the vaccine is available to them, and that beating them over the heads about the vaccine is not what will ultimately persuade them to get vaccinated.
These are simple points, but many of those who fancy themselves morally and intellectually superior haven’t figured them out.
Why does Mike Rowe think he has any credibility to speak on this issue? Taking a page out of Biden’s playbook today, “Who’s Mike Rowe?”
— Mia Zierk (@zierk3) August 5, 2021
Shocking. The guy who pretends to be a working man also pretends to know about medicine
— Venerable Bidet (@VenerableBidet) August 6, 2021
Rowe never purported to be an expert when it comes to either COVID19 or science. In his post, he reminds readers that he’s not any kind of authority on that stuff. He’s just one guy who understands that the government (and the media) has made a lot of mistakes during the vaccine rollout and that they have their work cut out for them when it comes to gaining people’s trust.
He's not talking about medicine. He's talking about the repeated inconsistent messaging from government health experts and the damage it's done to their credibility. It's understandable for people to be skeptical. He's not making any medical judgment or providing medical advice.
— Bob McMahon (@jrob840) August 6, 2021
Mike Rowe doesn’t expect anyone to take their cues from him. But some of the “experts” out there would be wise to consider his perspective.
Its an excellent one
— Contributory Negligence (@CntrbtryNglgnc) August 5, 2021