“My Friend Changed After Getting The Covid Vax”: Was It The Vaccine Itself Or The Decision To Get It?

Is it possible that the vaccine could actually alter someone’s personality…or is it all just some big coincidence that there are major biases against the unvaccinated?

By Andrea Mew5 min read
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I don’t know about you, but I didn’t get any Covid vaccine, and I’m perfectly fine going on record saying I’m glad. While I certainly wouldn’t shame anyone for making that medical decision, it never crossed my mind that I should inject my body with an experimental genetic therapy for a respiratory illness that posed little to no risk to me

My choice to remain unvaccinated – despite facing immense pressure from the government and businesses in my state of California – was further reinforced by the adverse effects on menstruation some women struggled through and are still dealing with to this day. I already had enough issues detoxing from my hormonal birth control implant post-removal, and once I swore off that synthetic, unnecessary drug, I felt far more jaded by the medical industry than ever before.

We know what adverse events have occurred. Even if legacy media wants to squirrel away any proof that their Fauci ouchies could have had nasty medical repercussions, we won’t be gaslit otherwise. But aside from the physical complications that many friends, family members, colleagues, or connections have shared with you, I’m sure you’ve also noticed that in our post-jab culture, there has been a bit of a vibe shift.

People across the internet and by word of mouth are sharing several stories about how their friends, family members, husbands, boyfriends, and more changed after they got the vaccine. What does this mean, though? Could an experimental mRNA “vaccine” actually change someone’s personality, or is it all just a big coincidence? Let’s take a look at some of these claims and chit-chat about how divided our culture has sadly become.

The Vaccine “Totally Ruined Our Once Wonderful Relationship”

I’ll begin with a disclaimer: By no means am I asserting that the Covid vaccine is powerful enough to alter a person’s brain chemistry and be the sole cause for any emotional or behavioral problem. But if we’re to be true stewards of free speech, it’s in our best interest to discuss claims being made instead of swiftly shutting them down. After all, the beauty of the marketplace of ideas is that we can each read raw claims, analyze them using our own logic, and debate where we see fit.

On our Instagram Story, we asked readers, “Did any of your friends change after getting the Covid vax?” Except for a few who outwardly asserted “no,” we overwhelmingly received “yes” answers from respondents – some of whom had spicy anecdotes to squeeze into Instagram’s (unfortunately!) word count-restricted survey reply feature.

“My in-laws did,” wrote one Evie reader. “FIL now huge jerk and selfish, MIL extremely emotional and easily offended. Totally ruined our once wonderful relationship. Now we barely speak.”

Another reader had a similar anecdote to share, stating that her friends became “like robots. Anti-social. Don’t text back or call back. Dull and no conversational skills.”

Readers stated that their friends seemed “more off now,” were visibly uninterested in other people’s lives, had noticeable brain fog, developed significant anxiety or paranoia, or acted more frequently with waspish, petulant behavior.

Many readers shared similar, melancholic sentiments – that their vaccinated friends wouldn’t speak to them anymore. One reader expanded on this phenomenon, stating that a married couple she is friends with who works from home are now “more reclusive and often avoid social engagements” after having gotten the ‘rona jab.

A 2021 survey revealed that one in seven Americans were willing to drop a friend who refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

Though we know that mRNA “vaccines” can actually shed and appear in other areas of your body beyond the injection site (quite the inconvenient and underreported fact!), there’s no concrete evidence from scientific researchers to suggest that the Covid vaccines have the ability to affect a person’s behavior.

“It’s a vaccine, not a lobotomy,” wrote one reader. But the sheer act of getting the jab itself appears to be something that could cause loved ones to suddenly be acting as though Mercury is in retrograde.

Marvel-ified Pro-Vaccine Rhetoric Catalyzed Deep Division

Several readers pointed out how, after getting the vaccine, their friends began moralizing this decision and acting holier-than-thou. With marketing messaging like California’s “This Moment” and “Cambiar” public education campaigns, for example, the general public was supposed to feel empowered by their vaccination status, as though it were a gold star on a progress report showing they did their part in protecting themselves, their loved ones, and the world as a whole.

“Children love dressing up as superheroes. Now, they can be vaccine heroes,” said one New York City commercial urging vaccination. In similar rhetoric, World Health Organization spokeswoman Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said that you could “outsmart the Covid-19 virus” if you would just “be your own superhero.”

Notice how all of this messaging surrounding Covid-19 protocols adopted these patronizing, Marvel-ified phrases meant to make people who went along with the process feel praised and even glorified. It’s no wonder why some readers claimed their friends are “unable to admit they made a mistake with the vax” or that “most of them are unwilling to open their minds to the possibility that the vax is anything but good.”

Back in 2021, a survey revealed that one in seven Americans were willing to drop a friend who refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Then, once the holidays came around, things got worse: Another survey suggested that three in five Americans planned on banning their unvaccinated family members from holiday gatherings. Even in early 2022, Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports data found that Democrats supported harsh, punitive measures against the unvaccinated. Yes, that meant fines and literal criminal punishment!

I know people throw around the phrase “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” or TDS, but I really think we need to talk more about VDS – “Vaccine Derangement Syndrome.” Let’s recall for a moment how the vaccinated chose to treat the unvaccinated. KISS bandmate Gene Simmons (perhaps in an effort to remain relevant?) got on his soapbox to call unvaccinated people the “enemy.”

Or do you recall the viral clip where “comedian” Ali Kolbert literally said on stage she loved that unvaccinated people couldn’t go inside buildings because it was “like Darwin”?

On a Canadian subreddit, one user asked what people thought of the unvaccinated. The most upvoted response read: “At this point, I’m just out of patience with the voluntarily unvaccinated. We get it, you failed science class. F*ck off.”

Canadian lockdown measures like capping wedding or funeral attendance, outdoor sports limits, and restrictions for schools, businesses, and churches were considered some of the most draconian, to the extent that an Alberta judge even ruled that the government violated the rights of its citizens. In response, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith actually issued an apology to the unvaccinated people who were treated like second-class citizens.

“I can apologize right now. I’m deeply sorry,” Smith said, “for anyone who was inappropriately subjected to discrimination as a result of their vaccine status, I’m deeply sorry. For any government employee that was fired from their job, because of their vaccine status, and I welcome them back if they want to come back.”

Protecting Self-Image Ranks Higher Than Showing Remorse

If a Canadian premier is willing to go on camera and apologize to the unvaccinated for dismal treatment, will the folks in your day-to-day life be so bold to show remorse?

“Yes,” said one Evie reader to our question about if her friends changed after getting the vaccine, adding that they are “nervous that they made the wrong decision.” Another reader wrote that many of her friends “are just carrying emotional trauma and paranoia from lockdown.”

Stubbornness is a deeply human characteristic. Some people firmly want to protect their self-image and would rather double down on their stance or thrust blame onto someone else than ever acknowledge that they were wrong. This inability to apologize can also indicate someone’s internal desire to see themselves as a good person. Psychologists say that these people try to trick themselves into believing they didn’t do anything wrong. Additionally, a lack of remorse can come off as having zero empathy or concern for those who have actually been wronged.

“It’s been almost a year since I’ve been in the same room with many of my friends and colleagues,” wrote Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Elizabeth Wellington in 2021. “At the same time, however, my social feeds are full of folks moving through life: eating out, going to parties, hosting sleepovers, taking a vacation, and skipping the Covid-19 vaccine lines.”

She continued by bemoaning how people around her were living so allegedly carefree, saying, “I’m salty. I’m tired. And, increasingly, I’m becoming judgmental. And I’m surprised that so many people in my circles are behaving so selfishly.”

Discriminatory attitudes toward those who didn’t get the vaccine were found to be just as high as discriminatory attitudes toward immigrants of minority populations. 

In fact, discriminatory attitudes toward those who didn’t get the vaccine were found to be just as high as discriminatory attitudes toward immigrants of minority populations. This study, published in Nature at the tail end of 2022, reported that these strong discriminatory attitudes didn’t go the other way. No, researchers said their results showed that “individuals who are vaccinated against Covid-19 express negative attitudes against unvaccinated individuals in the form of antipathy, stereotypes, support for exclusion from family relationships, and support for removal of political rights.”

So what am I getting at here? If you feel like your friends all changed after taking the vaccine, you’re probably right, even if the stuff inside the syringe itself isn’t the cause. 

Many people are so morally and principally lost. If they’re not backtracking on their initial claims, they’ve got their fingers in their ears following years spent unfairly berating and stigmatizing the unvaccinated, telling us how perfectly “safe and effective” it was, and how flimsy, cheap masks could “stop the spread.” We were made out to be murderers, told that we weren’t to travel, attend baby showers or weddings, exist inside buildings, or be serviced for non-Covid medical needs.

The reaction to Covid-19 had measurable impacts on mental health, with younger cohorts reporting depression and anxiety symptoms at higher rates than before 2020. Overestimation of threat and fear over negative outcomes create patterns within a person’s brain that lead to worsened anxiety, as they tend to catastrophize how impactful, imminent, and likely that threat even is in the first place.

But is it fair to thrust the burden of your own anxieties, your own pent-up paranoia post-lockdowns, onto others around you? Is it in your best interests to succumb to your perceived emotional trauma and let it dictate how you live the rest of your life?

Closing Thoughts

There’s only so much you can do to gain empathy about your personal health decisions from stubborn, anxious individuals. As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. It can feel so disheartening to see people shun humanity out of misunderstandings or fear, but hopefully as time goes on, more will find the courage to apologize for how they turned against you

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