Disagrees with recent letter to the editor

To the editor:

I write today to respond to a Sept. 20 Morning Journal letter to the editor in which the writer claims to be “amazed” at those individuals who are afraid to vaccinate. The “amazed” writer shockingly suggests that hospitals should start barring patients who do not display their vaccination papers. There are a number of logical and ideological problems with this line of thinking.

A person who is afraid of vaccination is not “choosing” death; this is a fallacious oversimplification of their position. The elitist perspective that a person only deserves medical care if they partake in the highly-politicized, experimental “Kool-aid” is not only callous, but overlooks the legitimate concerns of those who are reluctant to submit to a new technology. If individuals participate in the economy, pay into insurance, Social Security and/or taxes, no one has the right to assert a higher right to health resources over another. The “amazed” writer has crowned herself as the self-righteous judge bestowing the privilege of medical treatment on the worthy: “Let them… die” was the farewell in her letter.

We should consider if it is ethical to let people die on the hospital steps because they are not vaccinated, which may be irrelevant to their medical complaint. There have also been questions whether some patients with lung ailments or compromised immune systems–especially cancer or tumors–should avoid the brand-new medicine, which is not virus-specific as vaccines of old have been. Furthermore, the jury is out on whether Covid-19 survivors’ vaccination is even necessary.

Then let’s examine the claim that a non-vaccinated person “can hurt [the “amazed” writer]” and that a vaccinated person “cannot hurt” an unvaccinated one. The accusation that unvaccinated people pose a risk to her belies her confidence in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. By her logic, vaccination makes her safe. However, an unvaccinated survivor is likely safer to be around than the “amazed” writer, according to antibody research.

According to a heap of sources, including the CDC, vaccinated folks can still contract and spread the virus. A basic Internet search will tell you. These vaccines are not a panacea and reportedly wear off. But of course, we don’t even have longitudinal data on that yet.

Now, the “amazed” writer attacked a public figure by name in this letter to the editor over his personal medical business. She says that a non-vaccinated person should not serve on the Health Department Advisory Council. It is unclear how vaccination status is a relevant credential to the duties one performs on such a council. Let’s not allow germ panic to steer us from logic and turn on one another.

At the time of this writing, Columbiana County’s population is less than 38% fully vaccinated. This suggests that the gentleman on council actually represents the majority of the county population, a population reluctant to hop on the bandwagon simply because the government says so. This county majority has legitimate fear and reticence after FDA and CDC standards have relaxed.

By the way, I am not anti-vax, and it is not known that the gentleman on council is either. I advocate vaccination for anyone who chooses it. However, Americans need to weigh the implications and precedents set by half-baked, knee-jerk, sweeping policies that violate free will.

Melody Gustafson,



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