Ivermectin is a medication that treats some parasitic diseases.
Then for Christ's sake, do a scientifically peer-reviewed and published study that shows it works for a novel virus, and not a parasite. It is not without its own set of risks for certain populations.
That's how science works - double-blind studies that are peer-reviewed. As the science learns more, we adapt.
There are people who should not be getting the vaccine, and I am 100% certain that those of us here on SI who support the science behind vaccines, know there are people who shouldn't be getting it, and there is absolutely no shame in making that choice. If anything, those who can't get it should be behind the eight ball in encouraging those who can, but won't because they want to choose non-scientifically proven routes, to get it to protect those who can't.
Every damned procedure/medication/treatment for pretty much every damned illness/injury has risks. Why do you think the inserts in prescriptions are so long? If everyone read the entire thing, no one would take any medication. People get very sick from chemo, and some die from the side effects, but are we going to stop administering it because of that? No, because it has also saved countless lives. When we accepted that second-hand smoke killed those around smokers, we banned indoor smoking in public places. Mitigation comes in many forms, depending on the risk. But it has been proven over and over and over again that the mandates being given, are helpful. Perfect? No, but extremely helpful.
Science has provided my family with a very comfortable lifestyle because my H spent six years doing post-graduate studies which landed him a respectable job in the pharmaceutical industry, at which he advanced nicely. It didn't come without its costs, meaning there was little work/life balance. But you know what? He continued to develop his sense of respecting the scientific process throughout his career, and particularly as it played out in the pharmaceutical industry. You wouldn't want someone who spent two years earning an associate's degree in charge of making drugs. You need HIGHLY educated scientists who have the respect, industry-wide. Yet, even they are subject to peer-review, and I can tell you, people lose their jobs over not conforming to the scientific process, as it should be.
So yea, I trust the science of vaccines/mask-wearing/hand-washing/avoiding large crowds, etc. Until I can see some double-blind/peer-reviewed articles supporting the other off-label drugs, I will roll my eyes at anyone who chooses them over a proven vaccine. Interestingly, at my husband's company (although it is a small start-up), no one has gotten COVID, nor any of their spouses/children. They are all Ph.D. level scientists, and respect the science. Now, they aren't responsible for patient care in any way, so they have no real dealings with the public, but every one of them took the vaccine - they all wear masks anytime they're at work, but not in their office with the door closed (then they can remove their masks), and they all avoid gatherings of large crowds. Because they understand the scientific process and what the current studies prove works. Unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury, but at least in this case, the science is working.
Don't even get me started on the cost that is being realized in health care and burn out. It is abundantly clear that the majority of people in ICUs, which require lower staff to patient ratios, are unvaccinated. These people are burned out and leaving the field at unprecedented numbers... and it trickles down to the rest of the health care system. People are being called up to work ICUs from other departments, who don't have the experience. In my own doctor's small office, he is having problems keeping staff due to how demanding people have become, and how absolutely crazy it is to do the job. People are showing up in the parking lot, calling and saying they need a test because they think they have COVID. I mean, WTF? No wonder staff are getting burned out.
One last reiteration... if those who are eligible to get vaxed, would, we wouldn't be putting the strain on the health care system that we are - and it's not just the nurses, physicians, and ERs. It's all the support staff, from the cafeteria workers, janitors, medical transcribers, patient techs, PTs, OTs, phlebotomists, radiology support, etc. When they are quitting, others must step in and do their jobs. So enough, care enough about others to adhere to your public health department's guidelines. And I say your because each locality/region has different recommendations depending on what's happening in their area. For instance, in CA, although we have a lot of cases, we are very low compared to the rest of the country, so recommendations for a place like New York, wouldn't necessarily apply to CA.
End of rant.