To the editor:

It was interesting to see the side by side letters to the editor in the 9/14 Journal regarding COVID.

One was filled with information on the vaccines such as some of the history of their development, how the vaccine works in your body, and whether they think it’s safe for you and your family to take. It addresses the success that polio and smallpox vaccines achieved years ago. And it discusses the need for as many people as possible to get vaccinated if we hope to return to “normal.” It was signed by numerous medical professionals from the area, many of whom we know personally.

The other did address the vaccine issue but in a different context. It spent a considerable amount of space bemoaning our potential loss of freedom which will result from the attempts by the administration to get more people vaccinated. I have no doubt some people legitimately feel like their personal freedoms are being infringed on by these moves. But I also have no doubt that a larger amount are using it for a handy anti-vaccine excuse, since there doesn’t seem to be many legitimate excuses to not get vaccinated. And an awful lot of good ones to get vaccinated, like your own health, and that of your family, your neighbors, and your community.

As for the argument about whether we will take the “Phizer” (sic), or the Comirnaty, there is none. Comirnaty is to Pfizer’s vaccine as Advil is to Ibuprofen. It’s a name brand.

The bottom line is that if you are looking for medical advice you would be best served by taking it from someone who makes their living in that field, many of them with years of experience.

On the other hand, if your car or truck is broke down and you need a tow, then by all means use the services and take the advice of a qualified professional in that field. They will best be able to get you and your vehicle safely back on the road.

Getting advice from either of these groups in their respective fields will likely serve you well. But, asking either group to cross over and offer advice on the others specialities will probably result in not only considerable disinformation, but an almost guaranteed unsatisfactory outcome.

Steve Grossmann



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