Questions About Vaccines

Dear Editor,

 I am not anti-vaccine. However, I believe the COVID-19 vaccine being so new (heck, COVID has only been around for less than three years) should be something an individual decides along with their physician if it is right for them.

We don’t know the long term effects of COVID, much less the long term effects of the COVID vaccine.

When the chicken pox vaccine first came out my pediatrician advised against giving it to my children. Their reason, it was unknown at that time how long the vaccine would last and chickenpox in children is less severe than getting it as an adult. Now it is a vaccine routinely given and was given to my grandchild.

There are several things that were deemed safe when they first came out but proved problematic in the long term.  Thalidomide, DES (diethylstilbestrol), hormone replacement therapy for all women and heroin as the “safe” way to get off opium are just a few examples.

There are so many aspects of the policies and mandates that don’t make sense. Why was hydroxychloroquine not allowed to be given when COVID first appeared? It was a drug that had been around for years, the side effects were well known and physicians could have prescribed off label use. It became forbidden to prescribe or dispense for COVID. Why? Same thing happened with ivermectin. What other disease have we forbidden doctors to use treatments they feel are in the best interest of their patients? Why are we not studying how long immunity may last if someone recovers from a COVID infection?

Covid has been around for almost two-and-a-half years and we are still proclaiming emergency orders. Why? The greater good?  I know a lot of people look with derision upon those espousing individual freedoms over the greater good, but our country was founded on upholding individual freedoms. Young people have been shown to be very unlikely to get sick with COVID. The vaccine can produce severe long lasting effects on this cohort yet we are pushing mandates on this age group. Why?

The unvaccinated are being blamed for the spread of COVID and its variants. How do we know for sure vaccinated people can’t spread COVID? What about the possibility that universal vaccine may cause a more virulent mutation of the virus since the current vaccine only causes an immune response to the spike protein? What happens if the virus mutates to evade that? What does over vaccination cause? Viruses have been mutating for years and if this is a man engineered virus how do we know more rapid mutations aren’t part of the process? 

There are many things we could force people to do for the greater good. Giving blood comes to mind. It would save millions of lives. What about forced organ donation? Is it really such a leap from the mandates now in effect?

If COVID scares you beyond living then you can isolate yourself but please don’t force me. I recommend washing hands, disinfecting surfaces, getting vaccinated if you want (it has been proven to be an excellent idea for specific groups) and spending a lot of time outdoors if you are able.

We can choose to live in fear or we can choose to live. Let us not give up our right to choose.

Susan Smoot


Universal Vaccine Mandate Needed

Dear Editor,

To prevent further spread of the coronavirus, we should require everyone to get fully vaccinated, (including a possible third dose) – unless exempted by a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition.  We should write to our legislators and executives at all levels of government.

Alvin Blake