15 Sep. 2021 18:56
The question of the corona vaccination not only leads to political debates, but also to breaks in friendships. According to a US poll, every seventh American vaccinated would have broken up with friends who disagreed with him about the vaccination.
The US actress Jennifer Aniston, made world famous by the US series “Friends”, stated in an interview that she was talking to some friends and acquaintances about the question of vaccination in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic broke off contact. They had a different opinion than the 52-year-old or did not want to reveal her vaccination status. The star from the US cult series is a vaccine advocate and had campaigned for the vaccine against COVID-19 on Instagram, among other things.
The US actress is not alone in making this decision. A recent survey in the United States shows that one in seven people who were vaccinated had broken up with friends who had a different stance on the COVID-19 vaccination. For those who have been vaccinated against the virus, views about the vaccine are often the relationship killer, according to the survey.
A survey conducted earlier this month by polling firm OnePoll found that 16 percent of Americans surveyed had broken at least three friendships in the past year and a half. About 14 percent of Americans vaccinated said they ended relationships with friends who did not want to be vaccinated against the virus.
In fact, vaccinated respondents were almost four times more likely to break friendships during the pandemic than those who opted not to be vaccinated – 66 percent versus 17 percent. The survey even showed that 97 percent of those vaccinated regard their former friends as “total opponents of the vaccination” and stated that they were unable to make them understand the need for the vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the topics that divides Americans the most. In addition to the 14 percent who gave a rejection of the injection as a reason for ending a friendship, 16 percent of those surveyed named the political differences and 15 percent blamed the relationship between a former friend and an ex-love partner. Other reasons were revealing that their friends are liars (7 percent) or that a friend made up stories about them (12 percent).
In the last few weeks, the mood in the United States has become much more aggressive with regard to the question of vaccination and the opponents of the syringe. Radio host Howard Stern, for example, recently railed against “all the idiots in our country who do not get vaccinated” and demanded that those who refuse the vaccine should be refused a hospital bed if they get sick. “Stay home, die there with your COVID,” he said.
According to the OnePoll survey, 81 percent of Democratic supporters were fully vaccinated, compared with 64 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of non-party voters. About 57 percent of Republican supporters and 41 percent of Democrats said society was “too critical” of unvaccinated Americans.
The pressure on the unvaccinated in the USA has recently increased. US President Joe Biden had asked all companies with 100 or more employees to introduce mandatory vaccination for their employees. “We were patient, but our patience is running out, and your refusal has cost us all dearly,” said Biden to the address of those who refused to receive the corona vaccine.
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