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Passions escalate over getting vaccinations

Vaccinations have been thoroughly tested and both save

Vaccinations have been thoroughly tested and both save millions of lives, a reader writes. Credit: AP/LM Otero

Stopping for a red traffic light is not an impingement on your freedom. Go through a red light and you can die and kill someone else. Get COVID-19 and you can die or expose someone else to death ["Who are heroes, who are goats?" Oct. 10]. It is not against someone’s religion to have to stop for a red light and it is not against someone’s religion to be vaccinated. Both red traffic light regulations and vaccinations have been thoroughly tested and both save millions of lives. Masks protect you from COVID much like sun visors protect you from the blinding sun, and seat belts protect you from being killed in an accident.

Now, we should be concerned with the vaccine rollout for children ages 5 to 12. Vaccine-hesitant parents of many young children will prevent them from being vaccinated and all the while will demand that their children be allowed to attend school with vaccinated students, some of whom could be immunocompromised. Chaos will ensue.

Those parents should realize that several hundred children in this country have already died from COVID. Hopefully, they will do what is best for their  children.

— Jeffrey Myles Klein, Centereach

Readers continue to compare vaccines to seat belts and driving under the influence. They also suggest unvaccinated COVID-19 victims should not be covered by insurance, or worse, not treated at all.

Seat belt and DUI laws have decades of statistics proving   their effectiveness, whereas the COVID-19 vaccine only has about 10 months of data. They are also laws (not "mandates" like the vaccine). Further, if you don’t comply with those laws, you get a fine or get arrested. You usually do not get fired for these transgressions.

Regarding not treating COVID victims, should we apply that standard to obesity, smokers, sedentary people and substance abusers? After all, their choices are putting their lives at risk and straining the health care system. In fact, these folks represent by far the highest percentage of severe COVID cases and fatalities.

If I don’t get a flu shot, will I be refused treatment? Vaccines are good, and individuals should make those decisions based on what their doctor says, not what talking heads, op-ed writers or anyone else demand they do.

— Adam Feinberg, Oceanside

My wife and I recently returned from Europe. We had booked our trip in June when it looked like the pandemic was turning around. Of course, by September it was starting to look doubtful that we would be allowed to travel.

When we arrived in Europe, we found things much different from here in the States. No one had to be told to put on a mask in an indoor space. We saw 100% compliance. No one could dine in a restaurant, even outdoors, unless first showing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. The same applied to hotels and museums. It saddens me to say that we felt much safer there than we do here at home.

— Rich Poggio, Miller Place

Don’t want to be vaccinated? Fine. Think the mandates violate your "freedoms"? OK.

Just make it mandatory for these individuals to provide a negative COVID-19 test every day at their place of employment. The COVID test will be taken on their own time and at their own expense. Watch how fast they get vaccinated.

— Diane Levine, Freeport

Hidden behind the outrage of vaccine mandates is the adolescent response to authority, "You’re not the boss of me" ["Feds require vax or tests for big companies," News, Nov. 5]. No longer are the days when Americans trusted their government and were willing to make sacrifices for the good of our nation. The more our country splinters into egocentric self-importance, cynicism and distrust, the closer we drift toward losing our democracy forever.

Unless we all agree to the precepts of "We, the people" and abide by our social contract to each other, our government institutions will fall like a house of cards.

— Martin Geller, Manhasset

The constant opinions about the vaccine mandates and the reasons for and against them will never end until both sides of the story are heard ["And where are answers to these questions?", Letters, Oct. 31].

The answer, I believe, would be to have the leading authorities on both sides of the subject discuss and show the proof they have. I cannot fathom why someone would be against something that would help people from getting sick. Why would these anti-vax people  want to avoid people dying?    

— Kurt Butcher, Yaphank

Do people understand the concept of "the greater good"? I thought everybody imagined humanity breaking into a huddle to annihilate COVID-19. Only one miraculous solution has been achieved: a vaccine. Maybe if we rebranded the stimulus checks as "vaccination checks" for those who got vaccinated, it might have helped. 

— Bill McDermott, Long Beach

Since some people knock Black Lives Matter, saying that all lives matter, why don’t they practice what they preach and take it a bit further: The same should apply to getting COVID-19 vaccinations because . . . all lives matter. Everyone should get vaccinated.

— JoAnn Mickens, Islip

Too many young people are against the vaccine. Many are parents of babies and young children. What happens now? Some may not survive, whereas the older people will stay alive.

With COVID-19, overdosing, fatal automobile accidents, and being shot by a gun, our population is in trouble. Young people think they will live forever.

Religious beliefs? Stem cell research has been around for quite some time. Women who had miscarriages consented to this.

Let’s think about getting educated about vaccines instead of protesting without learning. 

— Doris Schneider, Flanders

New York City is mandating that the NYPD, FDNY, teachers, transit workers, restaurant employees, et al. must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or they no longer have a job and lose their benefits and wages ["NYPD, FDNY included in NYC’s vax mandate," News, Oct. 21]. Why then aren’t city officials mandating people on welfare and/or receiving food stamps get the vaccine or lose their free benefits?

— Lorraine Greff, Central Islip

How can we trust anything to do with the vaccines after we were told to get the shots to stop the spread, and now we are told that after six months they are no longer as effective and we need a booster. How long will the boosters be effective, or will we need additional booster shots down the road since the first shots weren’t as long-lasting as promised?  

— Steve Grad, Coram