Columnists' points about the unvaccinated are easily denied

Posted: 2022-02-07 13:15:33 Modified: 07/02/2022 13:13:51 Guest columnist James Boddy’s plea for tolerance of unvaccinated people ...



Posted: 2022-02-07 13:15:33

Modified: 07/02/2022 13:13:51

Guest columnist James Boddy’s plea for tolerance of unvaccinated people (“We reject freedom of choice at our peril», February 2) is easily refuted.

With the exception of the very small number of people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons, those who refuse vaccination out of sheer personal preference violate the first principle of liberty: an individual’s liberty must not violate the freedom of another individual.

As I have said before on this page, if refusal of vaccination had negative consequences only for the unvaccinated, that would be one thing. In fact, however, the overwhelming majority of COVID hospitalizations and deaths at this point in the pandemic are among unvaccinated people. Thus, people who exercise their freedom of choice by refusing vaccination place an enormous burden on the healthcare system, so that hospitals and healthcare workers are overwhelmed.

Mr. Boddy also draws a false and offensive equivalence between vaccine denials and Communists and Mormons. Individuals have every right to subscribe to beliefs that contradict our own. Another’s belief in Communism or Mormonism does not negatively affect or concern me. But if people who have refused vaccination are occupying beds in emergency rooms and intensive care units, jeopardizing my ability to seek treatment if I am injured or sick, that concerns me greatly.

Alex Kent

Amherst



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