Until 85% or more of the population is vaccinated, America can never attain herd immunity. The vaccine refuseniks put that goal in doubt, and perpetuate the pandemic threat. Third World nations are begging for the vaccine, while here, never-vaxxers cite every unscientific fear imaginable to justify their rejection of it: Fear of sterility; fear it contains demonic additives; fear it changes one’s personality and/or behaviors, etc.
To win them over, and perhaps save their lives, maybe never-vaxxers should be convinced of equally outrageous “reasons” for getting their shots: It’ll bring them good luck; answer their prayers; enhance their libidos; give them cosmic wisdom; or diminish blemishes. If they believe one set of outrageous expectations, maybe they’ll believe an equally outrageous set of expectations that can work to their own good, and the nation’s. Call it fighting fire with fire.
Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park
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Catanzara’s comparison of vaccine mandate to Nazi Germany ‘naive’
I fail to comprehend the rationale behind vaccination refusal. Chicago police officers have a significantly higher risk of contracting COVID-19 just doing their daily jobs. It’s better to get the shot than being shot. John Catanzara’s comparison of the vaccine mandate to Nazi Germany shows how naive he is regarding the latter. Nazi mentality would mean if people refused to get vaccinated they would be sent to concentration camps, starved, tortured, gassed and cremated. CPD provides a choice to its members, get vaccinated for free or go for testing one-to-two times a week at their own expense.
Rita Schwimmer, Skokie
Some officers ‘defunding’ police by refusing vaccine
Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara sure has a lot of sway over his membership. His minions lead all other city departments in risking time off without pay for refusing to comply with the city’s vaccination mandates. Over a third of Chicago’s “Blue Crew” failed to update their vaccination status and are now subject to disciplinary action.
Gee, I didn’t know Catanzara was such a rabid supporter of “Defund The Police.”
Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn
Serve and Infect
I’ve heard that the Chicago police union is going to change the CPD motto from “Serve and Protect” to “Serve and Infect.”
Bill Walsh Mokena