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SA, that forum was started specifically as a place to move that discussion as it was off-topic in its original location upon an unrelated thread.

Personally I think that suppressing the discussion would be counter-productive, and the quality of counter-argument is very good. You have also elsewhere linked to an article showing that the anti-vax movement is in decline, not attracting new members, and that decreasing vaccination rates are driven mostly by the economic pressures of neoliberalism upon overworked and underpaid parents.

Why there’s more to the anti-vaxxing narrative than meets the eye

“Some of those opposed to vaccination share an old-school, hippieish worldview—science bad, nature good. Others worry about possible side effects. Both groups question the safety of vaccines by focusing on ingredients and the harms that might possibly result. If more and more parents were coming to share these beliefs, you would surely be able to track that. But the Vaccine Confidence Project, a research group that monitors views on the safety, efficacy and importance of immunisation, has found exactly the opposite. Between 2016 and 2018—during which time vaccine uptake for children fell across most immunisations—the proportion of Britons who strongly agreed that vaccines were safe actually increased, from 41 per cent to 47 per cent. The number who strongly disagreed shrank from 2.8 per cent to 1.5 per cent.”

Paul does actually get out on the streets, and has supported Craig’s campaigns with practical action for well over a decade. I’d rather the argument wasn’t costing me so much time and effort, but discussion are what the forums are for.