Letter: COVID-19 vaccination dilemma

To the Editor:

It’s true, only about 5% of people infected with COVID-19 die. But who infected them? It wasn’t a swarm of Wuhan bats that attacked all these people. It was people who didn’t follow [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines, and once a vaccine was available, didn’t get it. These are the people infecting their family members, friends, neighbors, strangers, and most recently, children – theirs or someone else’s.

We’ve all heard the analogy about the seat belt and the other vaccines you were required to get when you were a child and nobody made a big fuss. You were glad to comply because it saves lives.

Consider how many fewer people smoke now than did 30 years ago. And the ones that do, do they smoke indoors? No. Why? Because somebody mandated that they couldn’t.

Now, all of a sudden, there is this big stink about getting a vaccine that will at the least keep you from getting very sick, most likely stay out of the hospital and almost surely from dying.

Here’s another way to look at it. If there was an outbreak of killer hornets that was everywhere; they got into your home, in your car, the stores, in the schools, etc. and they would sting you in the head. It hurt like hell, make you very ill, possibly put you in the hospital and even kill up to 5% of the people they stung. You couldn’t get away from them. The best you could do is buy a mesh helmet from Amazon that covered your head to keep them from stinging you.

Then, someone invented a vaccination that you could get for free, and if the hornets stung you, they would die and you wouldn’t get sick. How many people wouldn’t get that vaccination? Anyone?

COVID-19 is this hornet. Anyone who denies this is wrong. They are risking their lives and everyone they come in contact with. Now we’re seeing it is killing younger and younger people. No one is immune. No one is safe unless everyone gets vaccinated and gets booster shots when they become available because this virus isn’t going away. You might think you’ll escape it, but you won’t. If it hasn’t found you already, it will.

Neal Ament