To the Editor: I did not want to suffer through a terrible disease such as coronavirus and I certainly did not want to die. So I did the selfish thing. I got vaccinated as soon as that option was made available to me.
Not getting vaccinated is not selfish. It's stupid.
Some won't get vaccinated because they don't want the government to tell them what to do. Under that "logic," perhaps we should eliminate cops, courts and jails. After all, why should the government tell anyone we can't rob, rape or kill?
Ironically, many cops are refusing to be vaccinated. A man from Texas who's described by his widow as "hard-headed" refused to be vaccinated. When he got sick, he refused to go to a doctor because he didn't want to be counted as a coronavirus statistic. Now that he's dead, he's counted as one. His widow is left with three children, and another on the way.
Now according to The Chief-Leader's Sept. 3 editorial, "A Time To Face Facts," many city workers are among those refusing to be vaccinated because they are angry at Mayor de Blasio. So let's say I'm about to cross the street when I have the green light. A truck is speeding through the red light. Someone I'm angry with warns me to stop. I guess I should keep going and get killed by the speeding truck.
Everyone, including myself, has said and done stupid things. But to maintain this level of stupidity over something so crucial is inexplicable. Perhaps we need a vaccine against stupidity.
Retired transit worker
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