[NOTE: I never meant for this to get so long. TL;DR, I guess would be: 1. sometimes lying might be an ethical thing to do, and, 2. I’m immuno-compromised and I almost lied to get third jab and I’m fine with that.]
As for lying to get a third dose (not puzzlegal but folks in general) I can see where people could feel it’s an “ethical lie” to tell. For instance, someone could feel that everything’s gone to hell with so many anti-vaxxers so they must do whatever they can to increase their survivability. This is a bit like the ethics of stealing food when you’re family’s starving and you have no other recourse.
Another example was me (almost). I am very immuno-compromised (I say ‘very’ because I am on rituximab. If you read enough studies re: outcomes for folks on various immune compromising drugs you’ll find that rituximab is the poster-child for “Very Worst Drug for Ravaging Your Immune System” so after MUCH reading of journal articles, etc., I was prepared to get a third shot a month or so ago (I had Moderna doses in April and May) when the general medical opinion was that those shots really wouldn’t work very well since I was only 3 months out from my last rituximab infusion. Better to get vaxxed 8 months to a year after the last infusion.
I knew that at the time I was jabbed but the supply was so tenuous everyone said “Go ahead. Just get the shot now while you can.” I thought, and told my doctors, that I would but I was for sure going to get re-vaxxed later after 8 or 10 months had passed.
FF to a month ago when the time was right, I asked my doctor about getting a third shot and he was very dismissive of it and even called the doctors who were recommending that “quacks”. Pissed me right off and I was going to go lie and get the shot anyway when a week or so later the (FDA? CDC? BMI?? ASCAP??) okayed third shots for immune compromised (BTW, it’s not a “booster” in my case, IMO, rather it’s a “do-over” or perhaps just the appropriate dosing regimen to begin with for people in my situation). So I wouldn’t need to lie. But it would have been ethically OK if I had needed to lie, IMO.
I still haven’t gotten the third shot because it’s a dilemna. I want the shot NOW because I am so unprotected, but, I know that as more time passes (from my last RTX infusion in January) my immune B-Cells will are getting more plentiful so the vax will be more effective.
Truth is, if it turns out I once again got the shot when my B-Cells were not at an effective level then I would plan to get yet another shot (4th) when they have better re-populated. Probably have to lie for that, hope it’s not necessary.