‘I Just Simply Don’t Want to’: Amazon Warehouses Have an Antivax Problem
Michael Quintero, a 26-year-old packer at an Amazon warehouse in Jacksonville, Florida, says that a year and a half into the pandemic, he is still getting regular notifications on Amazon's app for warehouse workers about colleagues testing positive for COVID-19. "It's been pretty steady, about once or twice or three times a week," he told Motherboard.
The county where Jacksonville is located is currently a hotbed for the virus, facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. But this fact and the number of cases at his facility have not swayed Quintero to get a vaccine. Today, he's one of many Amazon warehouse workers around the country who have chosen not to get vaccinated for a variety of reasons largely related to distrust, inconvenience, or the perception that it's not important because they believe themselves to be in good health.
"I just simply don't want to," he said. "I'm not a person who likes putting a lot of medicine in my body when there's other ways to treat something or be cautious. If I got [prescribed] some sort of antidepressant, I would be hesitant to take it, too."