Stopping for a pink visitors gentle shouldn’t be an impingement in your freedom. Undergo a pink gentle and you may die and kill another person. Get COVID-19 and you may die or expose another person to demise [“Who are heroes, who are goats?” Oct. 10]. It’s not towards somebody’s faith to should cease for a pink gentle and it’s not towards somebody’s faith to be vaccinated. Each pink visitors gentle laws and vaccinations have been totally examined and each save hundreds of thousands of lives. Masks defend you from COVID very similar to solar visors defend you from the blinding solar, and seat belts defend you from being killed in an accident.
Now, we must be involved with the vaccine rollout for kids ages 5 to 12. Vaccine-hesitant dad and mom of many younger kids will forestall them from being vaccinated and all of the whereas will demand that their kids be allowed to attend faculty with vaccinated college students, a few of whom could possibly be immunocompromised. Chaos will ensue.
These dad and mom ought to understand that a number of hundred kids on this nation have already died from COVID. Hopefully, they may do what’s finest for his or her kids.
— Jeffrey Myles Klein, Centereach
Readers proceed to match vaccines to seat belts and driving beneath the affect. In addition they recommend unvaccinated COVID-19 victims shouldn’t be lined by insurance coverage, or worse, not handled in any respect.
Seat belt and DUI legal guidelines have a long time of statistics proving their effectiveness, whereas the COVID-19 vaccine solely has about 10 months of knowledge. They’re additionally legal guidelines (not “mandates” just like the vaccine). Additional, in the event you don’t adjust to these legal guidelines, you get a wonderful or get arrested. You often don’t get fired for these transgressions.
Relating to not treating COVID victims, ought to we apply that commonplace to weight problems, people who smoke, sedentary individuals and substance abusers? In spite of everything, their decisions are placing their lives in danger and straining the well being care system. In truth, these people signify by far the best share of extreme COVID circumstances and fatalities.
If I don’t get a flu shot, will I be refused remedy? Vaccines are good, and people ought to make these choices primarily based on what their physician says, not what speaking heads, op-ed writers or anybody else demand they do.
— Adam Feinberg, Oceanside
My spouse and I lately returned from Europe. We had booked our journey in June when it seemed just like the pandemic was turning round. In fact, by September it was beginning to look uncertain that we’d be allowed to journey.
After we arrived in Europe, we discovered issues a lot totally different from right here within the States. Nobody needed to be advised to placed on a masks in an indoor house. We noticed 100% compliance. Nobody might dine in a restaurant, even outdoor, except first displaying proof of vaccination or a current unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at. The identical utilized to accommodations and museums. It saddens me to say that we felt a lot safer there than we do right here at residence.
— Wealthy Poggio, Miller Place
Don’t wish to be vaccinated? Advantageous. Suppose the mandates violate your “freedoms”? OK.
Simply make it obligatory for these people to supply a unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at on daily basis at their place of employment. The COVID take a look at will likely be taken on their very own time and at their very own expense. Watch how briskly 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]. Not are the times when People trusted their authorities and have been keen to make sacrifices for the nice of our nation. The extra our nation splinters into selfish self-importance, cynicism and mistrust, the nearer we drift towards dropping our democracy ceaselessly.
Except all of us comply with the precepts of “We, the individuals” and abide by our social contract to one another, our authorities establishments will fall like a home of playing cards.
— Martin Geller, Manhasset
The fixed opinions in regards to the vaccine mandates and the explanations for and towards them won’t ever finish till either side of the story are heard [“And where are answers to these questions?”, Letters, Oct. 31].
The reply, I consider, can be to have the main authorities on either side of the topic focus on and present the proof they’ve. I can’t fathom why somebody can be towards one thing that might assist individuals from getting sick. Why would these anti-vax individuals wish to keep away from individuals dying?
— Kurt Butcher, Yaphank
Do individuals perceive the idea of “the better good”? I believed all people imagined humanity breaking right into a huddle to annihilate COVID-19. Just one miraculous resolution has been achieved: a vaccine. Perhaps if we rebranded the stimulus checks as “vaccination checks” for many who received vaccinated, it might need helped.
— Invoice McDermott, Lengthy Seashore
Since some individuals knock Black Lives Matter, saying that every one lives matter, why don’t they observe what they preach and take it a bit additional: The identical ought to apply to getting COVID-19 vaccinations as a result of . . . all lives matter. Everybody ought to get vaccinated.
— JoAnn Mickens, Islip
Too many younger persons are towards the vaccine. Many are dad and mom of infants and younger kids. What occurs now? Some might not survive, whereas the older individuals will keep alive.
With COVID-19, overdosing, deadly car accidents, and being shot by a gun, our inhabitants is in bother. Younger individuals assume they may reside ceaselessly.
Non secular beliefs? Stem cell analysis has been round for fairly a while. Ladies who had miscarriages consented to this.
Let’s take into consideration getting educated about vaccines as a substitute of protesting with out studying.
— Doris Schneider, Flanders
New York Metropolis is mandating that the NYPD, FDNY, lecturers, transit employees, restaurant workers, et al. have to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or they not have a job and lose their advantages and wages [“NYPD, FDNY included in NYC’s vax mandate,” News, Oct. 21]. Why then aren’t metropolis officers mandating individuals on welfare and/or receiving meals stamps get the vaccine or lose their free advantages?
— Lorraine Greff, Central Islip
How can we belief something to do with the vaccines after we have been advised to get the photographs to cease the unfold, and now we’re advised that after six months they’re not as efficient and we want a booster. How lengthy will the boosters be efficient, or will we want extra booster photographs down the street because the first photographs weren’t as long-lasting as promised?
— Steve Grad, Coram