Editor,

We have reached another all-time low in the United States. Having a lottery to get citizens to do their duty is simply wrong. Of adults in the United States, 60% heard what needed to be done and got their vaccine for no other reason than to protect themselves and other U.S. citizens from this deadly virus. To those citizens I say thanks. To the states that insulted these citizens, those that got the vaccine, by offering money to citizens to do what everyone else did because it was right, I say you are wrong, and you do not represent me and others that did what was needed simply but it was right. Shame on you.

Robert A. Nice

Redwood City

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(4) comments

Terence Y

I agree that offering money to get vaccinated is wrong but I don't agree being vaccinated is a duty. Besides, the giveaway is not equitable: those already vaccinated are missing out on $100 million of the $116.5 million pie. For those who are already vaccinated, they can go about their day since they’re immune, so why the need to impose vaccination “guilt” on others? Some of whom cannot be vaccinated for one reason or another. Meanwhile, is $50 incentive enough to be vaccinated? I’m holding out for more money since the opening bid seems low. Meanwhile, this program attempts to play favorites by providing timelier rewards to those taking the one-shot J&J vaccine above two-shot (more effective) vaccines. BTW, for those already vaccinated, maybe you can still get your $50 for claiming you were never vaccinated. After all, if one vaccination is good, two must be better.

Pacman

I believe you're describing the "Selfish Generation," not the "Greatest Generation."

Tafhdyd

Mr. Nice,

I admit that I am disappointed in the idea of bribing people to get vaccinated but if it gets the job done, so be it. Does the good of vaccinations outweigh the bad of bribery? We all know, or at least most of us know, the group that hesitates or refuses to get vaccinated. They are made up mostly of the same bunch that believe big lies and don’t believe science.

Dirk van Ulden

Thank you Robert. I could not agree with you more.

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