I know four that have died, two in the last 10 days. How many people do you know that have had small pox? Polio? The answer is none because we’ve eliminated it with vaccines. People survived those diseases too, but it killed millions.
There are people who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons. Should those unable to be vaccinated be put at risk involuntarily?
The vaccine is not approved for children less than 12 years old. Should kids be put at risk involuntarily?
The vaccine is not 100% effective. Should those who get vaccinated but do not develop immunity be put at risk involuntarily?
It is when a large number of people continue to repeat nonsense that can endanger the lives of others. Opinions are about tastes and preferences, not clearly provable facts. If someone said that they wouldn't waste their time protecting their eyes when looking at an eclipse, I'd say they were stupid but entitled to do it. If, on the other hand, they said that in their opinion, eye protection was unnecessary when looking at an eclipse, I would absolutely not respect that "opinion". Because it isn't actually an opinion. It's a ridiculously ignorant statement.
The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.
.......if ‘entitled to an opinion’ means ‘entitled to have your views treated as serious candidates for the truth’ then it’s pretty clearly false. And this too is a distinction that tends to get blurred.