Vaccination Segregation - Epilogue · 17 June 2021


Joe saw Garth a few weeks later as they were both preparing to enjoy the Saturday sunshine.

“Say. Did you hear the latest?”

Garth replied, “You mean the vaccination lottery? Oh yeah. I saw it in the newspaper this morning and on social media last night. I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

“I know what you mean. In fact, it gives guys like you more credibility.”

“Guys like me?” Garth feigned indignance. Then showed his pride. “You mean conspiracy theorists.”

“Yeah.” Joe paused to acknowledge Garth’s fake hurt and laughed at his pride. “Now, they’re going to pay people to get the newest vaccines? Crazy. It makes me think something is fishy.”

“You mean fishier.”

“Yeah. Fishier. It makes me wonder whether I was mistaken to get all those vaccines in the first place.”

“You should have held out for more money. Maybe you can still hold out for more money. You throw away all your cards, so they won’t know. Oh wait. They’re tracking your every move. They know you’re vaccinated even though none of your friends do.” Garth smiled. “Maybe you can hold out on the next round. Maybe eventually, they will just pay everybody to get vaccinated. Wouldn’t that be something!”

“I suppose. But they couldn’t pay you enough money to get vaccinated.”

Garth nodded. “No way. They don’t have enough money.” Garth paused, then posited, “Then again, maybe I should get paid before they start going house to house to force people to take the vaccines.”

“You think?!” Joe was thoughtful for a moment. “Either way. It makes me wonder what’s wrong with the new vaccines. Or what nefarious plot is going on behind the scenes. And it makes me wonder whether any of the people in the know actually got real vaccines or not.”

“Ah the beauty of a conspiracy theory. Nobody really knows who is behind the conspiracy or what the real conspiracy is. And it’s nice when the plot fits so nicely into the theory.”

“Makes you wonder if everything really is some conspiracy.”


“You mean lotto.”

They both laughed.

© 2021 Michael T. Miyoshi

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