Matt Damon Trusts Science, but Understands Vaccine Hesitancy

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“Stillwater” star Matt Damon understands vaccine hesitancy, but trusts science “more than something you read on Facebook.”

Damon and “Contagion” co-stars Lawrence Fishburne and Kate Winslet shot PSA’s encouraging social distancing at the beginning of the pandemic.  

“Now is the time you can spend all the time you want staring at your phone or your tablet, and if anybody gives you a hard time about it, tell them not to bother you because you are saving lives,” he said at the time. “Just make sure that you tell them that from six feet away.”

In the film, Damon’s character was immune to a quickly spreading virus that killed 26 million people worldwide after originating in China when a bat infected a pig that was slaughtered by a chef, who infected Damon’s character’s wife when she shook his unwashed hand at a Macau casino.  

“Other generations have been asked to do extraordinary things,” Damon told viewers. “We’re being asked to just stay at home.” 

Over a year later, Damon still believes in the PSA’s message. “I wish at the beginning of this people came out and said, ‘Look, if we all do this, then we’ll protect each other better,’ rather than ‘Well, I’m not in this cohort so I don’t have to worry and it’s not going to hurt me that much,’” he remarked. “It’s just about looking at this as a ‘me’ thing or an ‘us’ thing.”

Though he does believe in the personal autonomy of the nation’s citizens. “But look, it’s a personal choice. That’s the beauty of America, it’s a free country. And none of us would have it any other way,” he continued. “But I fall heavily on the side of trusting science more than something you read on Facebook.”

Damon also understands why some people don’t want to be vaccinated. “There are a lot of reasons that people have, and I don’t want to belittle them,” he concluded

“It’s tough for me, I have a couple friends who are immunocompromised and they can’t get the vaccine, so they have no choice but to rely on the rest of us to do our part to get to herd immunity. So I look at it that way.”

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Jay Werner
Jay Werner
1 month ago

My body…My choice. Right???

Otto Zeit
Otto Zeit
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay Werner

Not when there’s “a public-health crisis!” That’s the ginned-up excuse they’ll use to cancel all your objections.

Last edited 1 month ago by Otto Zeit
Randy131
Randy131
1 month ago
Reply to  Otto Zeit

What?, “a public-health crisis!”, that scientists now describe as a benign virus, because it has a 99.8% recovery rate, and only a 0.2% death rate, and which the “American Front Line Doctors” now have a complete cure for, that so far has worked 100% of the time for all stages of the virus, early and late stages?

That cure consists of a concoction of hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, zinc, vitamin D3, and vitamin C.

Just about the only people who have died from the virus are those very elderly who have age weakened immune systems, with on average two other preexisting morbid conditions that has also weakened their immune systems even further.

Testing has proven that over 90% of infected Covid-19 virus victims were found to be asymptomatic, no virus symptoms because their healthy immune systems created antibodies to kill the virus, faster than the virus could replicate and saturate the body to create virus symptoms.

The Covid-19 virus is a very weak virus, that only harms the very elderly and those with preexisting morbid conditions, that they were going to die from anyway, even without being infected with the Covid-19 virus. The CDC openly admits that of all the people who the liberal media claimed died from the Covid-19 virus, that only 6% of them actually died from the Covid-19 virus, and they were most all of the very elderly variety.

duane
duane
1 month ago
Reply to  Randy131

Duane k. We ALL need to demand from our “leaders” that statistics are needed that show exactly how long these new cases of the Chinese flu have either been in the country or have been in contact with someone who came to the U.S. within the last 7 Months! Come on thanks to our efforts for the last 1 plus year the virus was under control until OPEN BORDER!!!! Now WE are being made the scapegoats again! ENOUGH!

darryl
darryl
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay Werner

yep we have had that shoved down our throats. Hollywood is the last place I would trust

Anti communism
Anti communism
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay Werner

You are the next sylphis Sally a spreader of the disease

Oirish1953
Oirish1953
1 month ago

The drugs Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin work to get rid of COVID-19 in all patients young or old, early to late stage Covid-19, with or without co-morbidities. These drugs have been used for decades and are safe and they are extremely effective against Covid-19 as THE SCIENCE has proven in both case studies and front line experience. The misinformation being fostered by the media, Big Pharma, and the government agencies NIH (Fauci) and CDC is criminal. There is absolutely no reason to take the vaccines other than greed on the part of these aforementioned parties who make big money off of each vaccine given.

Otto Zeit
Otto Zeit
1 month ago
Reply to  Oirish1953

The medical establishment, and the medicrats who are its activists, have plainly come to see their interests (and the interests of Public Health) as united with the interests of Big Pharma, so it seems only in the natural order of things for them to use their position of influence to protect the profits of their principle patrons.  Utterly corrupt

Last edited 1 month ago by Otto Zeit
Ronald Williams
Ronald Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Oirish1953

Actually that is ancient medicine in 2021! The most doctor prescribed drug that is given to Covid19 positive patients that are not in a hospital with a severe case is a time tested drug called “NOTHING” and it’s working just fine. If you want to treat symptoms then you can take OTC pain/fever reducer. I have family and friends in the medical field of who I speak with on the regular about this very topic and if you’re reasonably healthy you get absolutely nothing from the doctor except a doctor’s note! My 30+y/o RN & ER nurse daughter recently caught Covid and was tested and subsequently came back positive. The hospital called her and informed her of the positive test, told her to take PTO from work and she did not even see a doctor as was instructed just to stay home and rest and treat symptoms if she desired. After 3 days of feeling pretty bad, she was actually mowing her lawn on the 4th day in 85+ degree temps! Light to mild to medium cases of Covid really don’t need anything but a bed/sofa, some tissues and a Netflix account. People that are positive with comorbidities are in a much more dire straights especially if the comorbidity is heart/lung/respiratory related. That’s when you’re going to need some of the drugs you mentioned. But you are right as well, the amount of misinformation and disinformation is staggering on this topic.

We’re currently seeing something really interesting with this new Delta variant but this Delta is not concerning me this much at all. It is the next round(s) of mutation(s) and what they will bring. Mounting evidence is piling up that gain of function was indeed the purpose of the testing funded by the US via grants to China. Fauci attempts to double talk and use semantics his way out of this one but is failing. With the nation that has the most active and largest bioweapons program on the planet (China) it is also gaining steam that viruses were played with in the lab and weaponized and this particular sentiment is gaining strength in the research community among scientists with no government influence upon them. Before this thing is over I firmly believe we’re in for a few more big surprises and quite a few larger episodes of death.

darryl
darryl
1 month ago
Reply to  Oirish1953

you are 100% correct

Charles
Charles
1 month ago

Why do people seem to think movie stars have more knowledge or are better informed than the rest of the nation? I sure don’t. And that part about immune compromised friends that can’t take it? My daughter is a double lung transplant patient, that is immune suppressed, and the transplant center has requested all transplant patients to take the shot, because the virus will likely kill them or put them in rejection. With that said, I am an informed Conservative, and I took the vaccine and think everyone should. No one should be forced to take it, but all health care workers should required to take it, to protect the patients that trust them to keep them healthy.

Ronald Williams
Ronald Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles

You feel the same about other diseases? You say that nobody should be forced to get the vaccine but healthcare workers should be required to take it? That sounds a lot like being forced to take it to me. I got the freaking jab ONLY because the data at the time spelled out something that was beneficial to me……reduced risk of a severe case if I caught Covid and reduced risk of being hospitalized as well as killed by the disease. That was enough for me because I’m a senior with a recent heart issue. Otherwise, if I were 45 years of age, no way would I get jabbed when I have a 99.997% chance of surviving and while given no meds at all if I actually contracted the disease. Healthy people are NOT being given any medication by doctors to help them recover! Just like the common flu! For most healthy people this is about as bad as a case of chicken pox. No need to be jabbing the public in large numbers when the data clearly shows great benefit to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. No reason to jab the public (everyone like you said) when Americans are now suffering from complications of this vaccine in their developmental years. Keep this vaccine out of the veins and flesh of young healthy adults under 30 years of age!

Ridfor
Ridfor
1 month ago

I will not take it until it is no longer an experimental drug. Pretty simple.

Anti communism
Anti communism
1 month ago
Reply to  Ridfor

All drugs and vaccines are experimental, yet polio and smallpox were removed as a scourge on people by those experimental vaccines so you thoughts are false.

Kenneth Barr
Kenneth Barr
1 month ago

I like Matt Damon.

Randy131
Randy131
1 month ago

Unfortunately the science speakers have been lying to the American people, or at least the ones who claim to be science speakers, that the liberal biased mainstream media will only report for, because the lies they speak are the policies and agendas that the politicians who want to control all aspects of the American people’s lives, want to be told of and obeyed, for control over the people. Scientific statistical facts now prove they are lies, as does all of Fauci’s forcefully released e-mails, where it shows the truth and exposes all the many lies.

David G.
David G.
1 month ago

Matt Damon is a MAGA hater and all who are behind MAGA, Matt is a leftist suck up, his only care is his own power and money, his movies aren’t worth the ticket price, he marches too the Hollywood drum beat like a little puppet.

Jon
Jon
1 month ago

Sorry Matt, but you predicted John McCains death in office if elected, and yet he survived far past your “actuarial” prediction. So, I’ll skip your prognosis and go with the advice of my family doctor.

james henry james
james henry james
1 month ago

Why should anybody trust it when they need a special law that prevents you from suing them if it goes wrong?? I mean it would seem they don’t trust it either!

Anti communism
Anti communism
1 month ago

No they don’t trust assholes like you and the millions of lawyers in this country who are looking for that law suit lottery

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

Why does ANYONE care what Matt Damion think ? he an ACTOR he is paid to repeatr other peoples written words, he is NOT a Dr., Scientist, a Scholar or anything but a person paid to pretend to be someone he’s NOT. Stick to ACTING. and SHUT UP about anything you know NOTHING about.

Robin Walter Boyd
Robin Walter Boyd
1 month ago

Matt’s way of looking at this is all well and good, but he is relying on “the science” being accurately related. We are told that “t he science” proves that covering our mouths and noses with a piece of cloth prevents the spread of the Wuhan virus. What science bears this out? Certainly not the science of physics which proves that viruses are on average ten times smaller than the free area openings in the average material used for face masks. Face masks are most commonly used to prevent the transmission of bacteria, which is much larger than viruses. (If bacteria were the size of a grapefruit, viruses would be the size of a grape.) So when we wear face masks, if we had the Wuhan virus, the mask would not prevent the virus from passing through but it would prevent bacteria from our exhalations to pass. Bacteria trapped in a face mask that is constantly being wetted by moisture in our exhalations tends to become a mini biohazard on our faces. So, “the science” in this case is just not reliable.

Anti communism
Anti communism
1 month ago

For all you dumb ass who posted about a cure, and that it only kills old and people with certial illnesses, remember you are not immune from old age or unexpected illnesses. So as the old saying goes a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, you must get sick to be cured and then you may or may not live.

Last edited 1 month ago by Anti communism
jony
jony
1 month ago

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