There’s a massive conflict going on at the moment – and it’ll probably go on forever the way that it’s heading – between people that refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine and those that can’t understand their reasons for this and just want everyone to get on so that life can try and go back to normal and it seems like some anti-vaxxers are even willing to die for their stance on the issue.
34 year old Stephen Harmon regularly posted memes and opinions questioning whether the pandemic was real and talking about how useless vaccines were, but sadly he ended up contracting Coronavirus and ended up dying last Wednesday after being admitted to hospital for Covid-19 and pneumonia. Despite suffering from the virus, Harmon still said he would refuse the vaccine and was insistent that his religious beliefs would prevent him from succumbing to Coronavirus:
If you don’t have faith that God can heal me over your stupid ventilator then keep the Hell out of my ICU room, there’s no room in here for fear or lack of faith.
Stephen was a member of the Hillsong church group and its founder Brian Houston announced the news of his death with the following statement:
Ben has just passed on to us the devastating news that our beloved friend, Stephen Harmon has passed away from Covid. Heartbreaking.
Stephen was just a young man in his early 30s. He was a graduate from Hillsong College and a vital part of our church in California.
He was one of the most generous people I know and he had so much in front of him. He would always turn up to our grandkids soccer games and he will be missed by so many. RIP.”
NOTE: Stephen’s thoughts on vaccines were his own. They do not represent the views and thoughts of Hillsong Church. Many of our pastors, staff, and congregation are fully vaccinated and more will be when vaccines become available to them in their countries.
RIP to Stephen. Hopefully Houston’s statement and the circumstances around Harmon’s death show people that it’s a much better idea to get the vaccine than to resist it, but I feel like most people out there have already made their minds up about it and even seeing stuff like this isn’t going to change anything.
For more of the same, check out this absolutely incredible anti vaxxer fan fiction. Why are people spending time on stuff like this?