Almost 32 million people have now received their first vaccination jab in the U.K. with over 5 million of our most vulnerable citizens having received both. The rollout has been an unprecedented success and the British government is on target to meet its pledge to have offered a vaccination to every adult by the end of July. What’s more the public are on board, with 94% of people in a recent poll stating they would avail of the offer.
These figures have surprised even the most optimistic estimates. And I’m no exception as every time I check social media I stumble across hordes of angry, screaming anti-vaccination trolls. They tend to type in capital letters, use lots of exclamation marks and share dubious links which, upon closer examination, don’t amount to a hill of beans. They were everywhere, or so I thought.
The stats don’t lie though, leading me to conclude that such creatures are a very noisy, but very tiny minority. Much more quietly the huge majority of the population are getting vaccinated in their droves. It’s a war the trolls are losing big time and they don’t like it, cranking up their crazy conspiracy stories and wacky scare stories to new levels of ludicrousness. Scary, but nonsense that is constantly rebuked by sound medical and scientific advice.
I say death to the trolls. But a quiet death whereby simply ignoring them sends these pathetic creatures scurrying back under their bridges to sulk and fester. Starving them of the limelight, the oxygen of attention drives them insane with fury. Or more insane than they were to start with. A wall of silence and indifference is the best and only way to deal with their ridiculous antics. They are the underbelly of social media: sad, insignificant souls doomed to ply their pitiful trade to an ever diminishing audience.