My work as a doctor has many mandates: vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, whooping cough, chickenpox, COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. I have to have a tuberculin skin test and a physical exam every year.
I have to take annual courses in infection control, CPR and risk management. I have to maintain my counseling certification every six months. I have to wear protective gear and wash my hands. If I refuse or do not respect these mandates, I am no longer qualified to carry out my work, because I present a risk to myself, my colleagues and my patients. [“3% of healthcare workers out,” News, Oct. 14].
When a worker refuses the job requirements, he does not “lose” his job. They have voluntarily decided not to occupy this position.
– Dr Daryl Altman, Lynbrook
A reader complained that he was fed up with people complaining about the violation of their freedoms and the obligation to be vaccinated [“Protecting us is hardly authoritarian,” Letters, Oct. 13]. I believe the vaccines are effective and I got mine as soon as I could, but others shouldn’t be mandatory. Six months ago, healthcare workers, teachers and others were hailed as heroes and received parades, balloons and placards praising their efforts. Now they are fired for their beliefs.
If warrants are to be issued, I hope everyone needs to get vaccinated, especially immigrant asylum seekers who cross our borders before being sent to another American city.
– Neal Damato, Shirley
Once again, employers are temporarily barred from denying religious exemption to many who claim vaccines were tested using a fetal strain line from the early 1970s [“Judge: Health care staff in NY can seek religious opt-out,” News, Oct. 13].
Many common over-the-counter drugs have been tested using these lines, including Tylenol, Tums, and Ibuprofen. Also, monoclonal antibody treatments, such as Regeneron, have been tested on these lines.
Most religious leaders, knowing this but realizing that saving a life is paramount in their teachings, approved of taking the vaccines. Judges should ask those seeking a religious exclusion to provide a list of all the medications the individual is currently taking to determine if any have been tested on stem cell lines. If so, the exemption should be refused. Millions of us have been vaccinated to protect ourselves and our community. I want to be assured that when I go to the doctor or the hospital, I am safe from COVID-19.
– Karen Mankin, Westbury
The toll the pandemic has taken on families, mental health and people’s lives has been tragic. Months ago, progress was being made and I was excited to get back to somehow normal life. Infection and death rates were dropping. Now with the delta variant my excitement has turned to disappointment and anger.
Politics should not play a role in health policy, and the facts are distorted and manipulated. The basic facts are that people need to get vaccinated, wear masks, and stay socially distanced. The unvaxed and unmasked are a drag on our society and our economy. Almost everyone hospitalized with COVID-19 is not vaccinated. This is unacceptable.
The rest of us who play by the rules shouldn’t have to pay for our beliefs. New York City only allows people who have been vaccinated to use indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment rooms. I think the counties of Nassau and Suffolk should follow suit. The unvaxed should not control our fate. We need to get back to a society where doing the right thing pays off.
– Brian Zimmerman, Massapequa
Why isn’t everyone required to be vaccinated, whether entry is legal or they are apprehended entering illegally? There is only one way to resolve the controversy surrounding the mandates. A clear message must be sent to demand vaccinations and masks for everyone in our country, not just our citizens. No universal mandate sends the message that partisan politics is at stake and encourages conspiracy theories.
My husband and I are vaccinated. The first variant has been identified and measures are being imposed to try to stop its proliferation. As the coronavirus continues to evolve and other variants surface, will we remain in a constant state of tenures? To stem the influx of potential epidemics, shouldn’t vaccines be made compulsory for everyone?
President Joe Biden and experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend immunizations for all of our citizens.
Should not everyone crossing our borders, including tourists who only need to present a negative COVID-19 test, be given the same request with the same level of intensity and of urgency that expressed by our president and the CDC for our fellow citizens? and if not, why not?
– Rosalie Norton, W. Hempstead
I am disgusted by the attitude of people who play the religious card to refuse to be vaccinated. Many religious leaders have given the green light to people who claim their religious rights are being violated. It is hypocritical to display one’s religious beliefs only when it serves one’s own interests.
Yet they will not choose the path to protect their families and neighbors. There are cancer survivors, the immunocompromised and young children who are vulnerable. People should stop making bad excuses and start doing their civic duty – because it is!
– Diana Blasic, Levittown
I know it is by choice that people do not want to be vaccinated, but they are wrong and put others at risk. I find the various reasons not to be vaccinated ridiculous.
Over 4.8 million people worldwide have died from this virus and over 700,000 here in this country. These are facts, not fantasies. The refusal of those who ignore the science or haven’t read about it is the main reason this virus is still with us. I guess these people think they are smarter than the doctors who have studied viruses all their careers.
– Wayne Mortak, Western Babylon
The chance of herd immunity rests with about a third of unvaccinated American adults. These Americans will never be convinced to get the coronavirus vaccine. About 30 million Americans still smoke tobacco products, and unlike vaccines, there is no debate on the subject – smoking kills.
Nonetheless, millions of Americans still smoke, and no doctor, sports star, or other celebrity can convince them to give up the habit.
To get vaccinated ? Let’s face it: tens of millions of Americans will never be convinced to get it. Prepare for a bumpy ride.
– Steven Blasko, Ridge