Opinion | As Vaccines Abound, So Do the Questions

Readers discuss vaccine passports, requiring health care workers to get vaccinated and the “‘Hunger Games’ competition to actually get an appointment.”

To the Editor:

So we now have Republican pundits and legislators railing against the concept of proof of vaccination, because it will somehow abrogate their liberties. To them, I ask, “How about the liberty of people to travel overseas?”

International travel, admission to museums and concerts overseas, and ability to fly or go on a cruise are all heading toward mandating proof of vaccination. Even domestically, eventually many private businesses, including gyms, restaurants, concert venues and movie houses, are likely going to mandate proof of vaccination. Israel has already addressed this with a secure app.

What is the problem with these politicians, who are already blaming the Biden administration for what are really private nongovernmental efforts from I.T. professionals to create this software?

Jeffrey Kaufman
Needham, Mass.

To the Editor:

Re “Italy Begins Requiring Health Care Workers to Get Vaccine or Lose Pay” (news article, April 1):

Health care workers have the right to refuse vaccination. However, they do not have the right to put their patients at risk for disease and actually have an ethical and moral responsibility to reduce harm. If health care workers, for whatever reason, do not get a vaccine, they should remove themselves from the health care setting.

Victoria I. Paterno
Los Angeles
The writer is a pediatrician.

To the Editor:

Recent articles describing the lowering of age restrictions for vaccine availability typically neglect one important point. The “Hunger Games” competition to actually get an appointment has not been removed.

The system for getting an appointment is haphazard, varying city to city and county to county. My doctor’s website lists a dozen options to find an appointment, each with its own rules and quirks and timing.

I was able to get an appointment at the United Center a few weeks ago when vaccines were opened to those under 65 with mitigating issues. And then 30 minutes later I got an email that the appointment was canceled, with no explanation. By then all appointments were gone. The next day I spent hours trying to call the Chicago agency in charge.

The haphazard process is a deterrent to people without good internet connections and skills. Something has to change if we are going to beat back the resurgence of Covid here in Chicago and elsewhere.

Larry Leive
Chicago

To the Editor:

Re “Vaccine Study Confirms Effectiveness in Real World” (news article, March 30):

News of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines’ efficacy against symptomatic and asymptomatic Covid-19 transmission would seem to be good news indeed. But the study, The Times reports, “enrolled 3,950 people at high risk of being exposed to the virus because they were health care workers, first responders or others on the front lines.”

This particular group of study participants consists mainly of people who are highly likely to have been routinely wearing masks post-vaccination, as we all have been advised to do. With masks alone, this group would have reduced exposure to Covid-19. Would we not have a clearer picture of “real world” efficacy if the test subjects were not wearing masks?

Likely we will learn more, but this study does not seem representative of real world conditions, unless our post-Covid real world will include routine wearing of masks. As someone who longs to see the smiling faces of family, friends and strangers at my local pub, I hope not.

Ellen G. Lahr
Great Barrington, Mass.

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