Portia Berry-Kilby

The rise of vaccine virtue-signalling

  • From Spectator Life

I’ve bemoaned the ‘no Tories please’ line on dating profiles many a time. Closed-minded and over-used, it’s a banal way for university freshers to virtue signal their wokeness. It’s a phase many go through, and, more’s the pity, do not all grow out of.

But as of late, a new, equally lacklustre profile-essential has emerged — one’s Covid vaccine record. Across the pond in the USA, where I’m currently based, twenty-somethings seem set on flaunting their team Pfizer, Moderna, or one-shot Johnson & Johnson credentials. And this begs the question of why?

Because, to be quite honest, few things would make me swipe left faster.

I could do without your freshly jabbed arm as a conversation starter

Take Payne, a 23-year-old financial journalist, whose Hinge profile reads ‘I take pride in… my covid vaccine’. Are his accomplishments so few in number that getting an injection is noteworthy for him, or is he genuinely proud of the fact he’s rolled up his sleeve, joining the likes of millions of other vaccinated Americans? Either way, it’s a no from me. Or how about James, a law firm associate, whose appearance I can’t judge as his Hinge profile picture is a photo of his vaccine card?

Bumble’s hopefuls offer no greater originality of thought, with countless profiles listing ‘vaccinated’ in their bios. Curious, and probably a sign of me needing a few new hobbies, I decided to calculate just how common a trope this was. On average, I came across one profile a minute that included this one-worder, or a variant of. Some would-be daters even devote the entire ‘about me’ box to the issue.

Please let us not mistake a vaccine shot for a personality. If your response to ‘tell me about yourself’ features your medical history, you really aren’t selling yourself.

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