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Vaccinations for cops and paying people to get the jab

A police officer gets a COVID-19 vaccination at

A police officer gets a COVID-19 vaccination at the NYPD Academy in College Point on Jan. 11. Credit: Jeff Bachner

Cops must protect us by being vaxed

The article "On LI, cops don’t have vaccine requirements" [News, Oct. 4] seems to cite lack of responsibility by powerful unions standing in the way of public health.

Their decision also puts their own officers at great personal risk, some of whom already have succumbed to the coronavirus. Why do this?

In "normal times," of course, people have a right to make their own decisions about their health. But in today’s pandemic environment, there really isn’t a choice about what is fundamentally needed to protect all of us.

Our health providers, teachers, all service people and, yes, even our police who protect us, must be vaccinated. Our opportunity to "kick COVID-19 to the curb" depends on every last one of us doing what we must do to ensure the continuation of humanity on this planet.

— Janet Hoffman, North Bellmore

Apparently, politicians and police union leaders recently quoted in Newsday are more concerned about their own political self-preservation than the health and welfare of their constituents and the public with the call for COVID-19 vaccinations to be a personal choice.

Maybe wearing seat belts and obeying speed limits should also be a matter of personal choice? The result would be the same.

— William J. Bennett, Huntington

Incentive for shots pays off in long run

A Nassau County resident questioned the wisdom of New York City paying people to get vaccinated ["Paying people to get shots is kooky," Letters, Oct. 4].

It boils down to her being penny-wise and pound-foolish. At $100 a shot, if 100 people get the COVID-19 shot, that’s $10,000. If that prevents one of those people from going to the intensive care unit, where a $10,000 bill from the hospital would be quickly attained, generally speaking, it actually saves money.

— Tony Smolenski, Little Neck