Some might balk at this comparison, but here are the similarities. Both causes of severe bodily harm are largely preventable - covid-19 through vaccination, and drunken driving by not driving after drinking alcohol. Both are individual decisions with societal consequences.Entering public spaces means that consideration for others' right not to be personally affected by your presence is greater than your right to be there as a threat to others' safety. Rights come with responsibilities. No one has the right to spread communicable disease to others as a matter of their individual freedom.
Both can cause substantial mortality, though deaths due to coronavirus far outstrip those due to drunken driving. About 10,000 people die per year in impaired-driving accidents in the United States, less than the number who died from covid-19 last week alone. More than 650,000 Americans have succumbed to the virus thus far, which is more than all recorded intoxication-related fatalities in the last 40 years combined.
For both drunken driving and going unvaccinated, we asked the same question: How large is the increased risk? Our standard for comparison is the likelihood of accident or death when the risk factor is not present.
In the case of coronavirus, recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that vaccination reduces the risk of becoming infected by a factor of five and the risk of death by 11. This is comparable to the risk of a crash when driving drunk, which is 14 times higher than for a sober person.
[W]e are pointing out that civilized society exists in part to protect the public's health and safety. In 2015, conservative commentator Ben Domenech argued that "the protection against life-threatening plague is one of the original reasons government exists."
If you decide to remain unvaccinated and are still going out, unmasked and unconstrained, to restaurants, gyms, bars and concerts, that no longer affects only you " similar to if you decide to get behind the wheel of a car while impaired. Your right to remain unvaccinated stops when you interact with those who did not choose to become exposed to a potentially deadly disease.