Health Care Workers Should Be Vaccinated
To The Reader’s Forum:
There have now been 14 deaths in the last 14 days in Chautauqua County (September 27, 2021)
Today’s paper reports Borrello’s co-sponsorship of a bill to rescind the child care mask mandate. Since the bill won’t even be considered until January, it is clear to me that the sole purpose of the senator’s involvement is to cater to his political base; to say, “See, I care about your ‘freedom’ to defy mandates.” Yes, it’s difficult to keep masks on little kids. But we have to try. There isn’t much else that can be done to protect them. I find Borrello’s grandstanding on this issue truly despicable.
When people risk their own health and the health of their children by defying mask and vaccine mandates, they are a public health threat to everyone. No one has a constitutionally protected right to make someone else sick. It’s not just your health, your right to decide for yourself. You don’t live in a bubble. You live in the world with other people. You don’t get to decide to risk a disease that could kill me. I’m sorry if health care workers fear losing their jobs because they don’t want to get the vaccine. Work someplace else. Caring for others is what it’s all about.