“One possibility relates to a distrust of government or belief in freedom that contributes to both vaccination preferences and increased traffic risks.âÂ
As Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones) proclaimed in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, âwho is this who is so wise in the ways of science?â Behold the authors ofÂ COVID Vaccine Hesitancy and Risk of a Traffic Crash, published by theÂ American Journal of MedicineÂ but authored by a trio in Canada.
Author Donald A. Redelmeier, M.D. (Doctor of Medicine), FRCPC (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada), MSHSR (Masters in Health Services Research), FACP (Fellowship in the American College of Physicians)Â works in âevaluative clinical sciencesâ at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto.Â Â
Author Jonathan Wang, MMASc (Masters of Management of Applied Science) is with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the department of medicine at the University of Toronto. Which particular science Wang applies is not specified.
Author Deva Thiruchelvam, MSc, (Masters of Sciences) is also with the ICES and the Sunnybrook Institute, in Toronto. The profile does not indicate which sciences the author managed to master. Nevertheless, this trio set out to test whether COVID vaccination was associated with the risks of a traffic crash.
A total of 11,270,763 individuals were included, of whom 16 percentÂ had notÂ received a COVID vaccine and 84 percentÂ hadÂ received a COVID vaccine. The cohort accounted for 6682 traffic crashes. Unvaccinated individuals accounted for 1682 traffic crashes (25 percent), equal to a 72 percent increased relative risk compared with those vaccinated.
âThese data suggest that COVID vaccine hesitancy is associated with significant increased risks of a traffic crash,â …the authors contend. That does not betoken a strong case.
In their quest to apply science, the authors might have cited reasons why some people hesitate to take a COVID vaccine shot. Maybe itâs because the COVID vaccines donât work very well.Â
— Lloyd Billingsley in âBelief in Freedomâ Is Bad for You