Editor,

In response to “Coddling who?” (letters, Aug. 20), I remind the writer that deciding whether to get vaccinated is not simply a personal choice, but also a matter of public health and the common good.

The preponderance of people who choose not to be vaccinated is the only reason this country is still in a pandemic. I understand some people have valid medical reasons or logistical difficulties in getting vaccinated, but for most of the unvaccinated that does not appear to be the case.

So perhaps Ms. Lempert, in the referenced column, would like an explanation because many of us are resentful that the socially irresponsible, the paranoid, and the conspiracy theorists have doomed us to remain stuck in this cycle of virus surges for many more months, if not years, to come.

How many people have been hospitalized or have died unnecessarily because of this intransigence? To ask us to “understand that there is a world of difference between someone who’s so sick that he or she can’t get to the hospital or a doctor’s office and those who don’t believe in vaccinations for say political reasons” is sadly ignorant, and refusing vaccination solely for political reasons is appalling. Consider that many medical experts now believe that for the unvaccinated, it’s a matter of when, not if, they catch the virus. Compare that to the infinitesimally small percentage of people who have had significant adverse reactions to the vaccines. Further consider that those who refuse vaccination, even if they have no symptoms, could then spread the virus to people who may, in fact, become so sick that they can’t get to a hospital or a doctor’s office in time. And consider that the unvaccinated are indeed being coddled, simply by being tolerated.

Brian Wright

Belmont

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(5) comments

Tafhdyd

Mr. Wright,

You offer some very good points but I am afraid they will fall on deaf ears. Just to add to the information, two recent studies indicate how severe the unvaccinated contribute to the problem. One in Los Angeles showed that unvaxxed people were hospitalized 29.2 times more than vaccinated people were when they contracted the virus. In another study in Ohio of approximately 21,000 Covid hospitalizations, all but about 500 were unvaccinated, about 42 times more.

Terence Y

Thanks for your letter, Mr. Wright. Perhaps you can contrast your position with the hundreds of thousands of people who have been hospitalized or have died unnecessarily due to increased violent crime in mostly Democrat-governed cities. Or due to drinking and driving. I mean, these perpetrators aren’t doing much to promote public health and the common good. The preponderance of people who choose to not enforce laws or drinking and driving is the only reason this country still incurs hundreds of thousands of deaths due to lawbreakers, even in the absence of COVID.

How many people have been hospitalized or have died unnecessarily because of the jab? According to VAERS, people have experienced over 560,000 adverse events due to the jab, including almost 7000 deaths, over 8500 life threatening side effects, over 7500 permanent disabilities and over 31,000 hospitalizations. And let’s not forget that COVID death counts were artificially juiced to the upside. Remember, your body, your choice.

And if you’ve been keeping up with the news, evidence has shown that for the vaccinated, they have just as much a chance of catching the virus as unjabbed folks. It’s a matter of when, not if, they catch the virus.

Tafhdyd

Terence,

You talk about adverse reactions of 560,000 out of about nearly 200 million people that have been vaccinated. That is about 1 out of 400. Would you rather have an adverse reaction or a funeral service?

A few months ago you said rather than worry about gun violence deaths we should enact common sense laws to combat heart disease and cancer. You are ok with laws that say you can’t eat red meat and pork rinds but you are against mandates to wear a mask and get vaccinated. You can’t have it both ways. BTW, how are you doing with your bamboo fibers?

Terence Y

Taffy, my friend – actually, I never said anything about red meat and pork rinds but since you bring it up, they are both lower on the list of causes of heart disease and cancer than smoking and alcohol. I’m assuming if you’re okay with mandates to wear a mask and getting vaccinated, then you’re okay with mandates banning cigarettes and alcohol. You can’t have it both ways.

You can check your notes from last week to remind yourself of what I would rather have since I’ve already answered. But bottom line, as always, your body, your choice. Individuals who want the jab can choose between a potential adverse reaction or a funeral service (sometimes you get the two for one deal, since there are almost 7000 deaths, and increasing, due to the jab), or they can choose to ignore the jab, like the other 100+ million people that haven’t taken the jab (assuming your numbers are correct). Meanwhile, we’re still waiting on your Biden accomplishment. Let me give you another lead… Seems like coward-in-chief Biden treats Americans and service dogs the same – he abandons them in Afghanistan. BTW, how about that picture of the Taliban flying a Blackhawk helicopter. Sounds like treasonous Joe is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Stolen elections have consequences.

Tafhdyd

Terence,

You bring it up every comment even when it is not related to the subject so I will comment on it. Yes, stolen elections have consequences but being as there have been none recently of national importance we don't know what those consequences are. BTW, how are you doing with your bamboo fibers?

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