To The Editor,

Regarding your editorial of July 21, 2021, I am astounded by the number of people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Despite the solid science that explains how COVID-19 is transmitted, despite the number of deaths worldwide – and despite the anecdotal evidence from those who have had loved ones infected by this terrible virus or worse, have lost loved ones – many people still refuse to protect themselves and others.

I, among many others, have a compromised immune system due to several serious (and almost fatal) illnesses I have had over the past 15 years. I have received both my vaccines, wear a mask out in public, wash my hands frequently, use hand sanitizer when necessary. Yet I could be standing next to someone who has taken none of those precautions, may be silently carrying the virus and showing no symptoms and by their incredible selfishness, could infect me.

We all live in a society where we must care about each other. I wear a seat belt while driving so I don’t get ejected out of my car and cause hardship for someone who finds me. I drive on the correct side of the road so I don’t mow down someone out for an evening stroll. We can’t just do what we want to, while still being a member of society.

And let’s not forget to thank scientists for protecting us so that we don’t have to suffer through having polio, diphtheria, tuberculosis and so many other diseases, which have all but been eradicated thanks to our childhood vaccines.

We need to remember that we live with each other, need to care about each other and help each other wherever and whenever we can.


Lynda Poyser