Help people like me, who really want the vaccine, before trying to sell the skeptics

Well over a month ago, I registered on the McHenry County web site for an appointment, yet I have heard nothing back.

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A person receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in a vaccination site at Chicago Vocational Career Academy in the Stony Island Park neighborhood on March 5, 2021.

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I am a 67-year-old woman who works two jobs. I work full time in an office, where I have to go in every day, and I work as a cashier at my local Walmart three nights a week, and on Saturdays and Sundays.

This leaves me two evenings a week to run my life, such as doing laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. I do not have time to spend hours on the internet trying to get a vaccination appointment, nor do I have the time or inclination to drive an hour for one.

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Well over a month ago, I registered on the McHenry County website for an appointment, yet I have heard nothing back, other than receiving an email acknowledging my registration. I have tried to get an appointment with my local Walgreens and Jewel-Osco but with no luck.

The powers that be should do more to help people like me get an appointment — people who actually want to get vaccinated — before they work on convincing those who do not want to get vaccinated.

Regina Gomory, Crystal Lake

Equal justice under Garland

Merrick Garland, the new U.S. attorney general, says there will be equal justice at the Justice Department, a complete change from the realm of Bill Barr. In fact, one of the first to-do’s for the new Justice Department should be to identify the ways Barr violated the department’s mission and bring charges.

Lee Knohl, Evanston

Seeking help makes you strong

Suicide has to be the saddest of deaths. The recent suicides of two of Chicago’s finest, as well as the dark thoughts of Princess Diana and Duchess Meghan Markle, have come to the forefront in the news of the day, reminding us that no one is exempt from overwhelming pain and sorrow.

The most reliable lifeline a suicidal person can grab onto is: reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Kathleen Melia, Niles

Editor’s note: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255.

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