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September 28, 2021 · OPINION

Securing public health our collective responsibility

By Bill Couzens
Less Cancer President

In my experience, whenever the topic of Covid-19 vaccines surfaces, it is met with a long list of confusing “issue soup.” Reasons for refusing vaccination range from religious dogma to extreme ideology.

Major cable networks increase their advertising revenues by creating drama and engaging in wars on science and public health that escalate preventable cases of Covid and deaths. Why? Not for truth. Not for science. Not to save lives. Simply put, it’s to make money. Cable networks dealing in misinformation should be held accountable for endangering public health.

If we are ever going to secure public health, everyone needs to get the Covid vaccine. The evidence is clear that vaccination saves lives. It’s not a choice, it’s a duty and responsibility above any veiled politics or other distractions. This is not a “left” or “right” issue; it is an “everyone” issue.

Wellness is critical, but it does not replace the importance of a vaccine. When somebody chooses not to get vaccinated, they choose to increase unnecessary exposures to Covid. They choose to cause patient backlogs in hospitals. They choose not to stop the alarming rise in unnecessary, preventable deaths. On the economic front, climbing Covid numbers lead to businesses closing and jobs going unfilled. If we are going to get our lives back to “normal,” we have to work together to defeat the pandemic. It starts with everyone getting vaccinated.

Not all people can choose better health. Not everyone can have the support that many of us enjoy — access not only to health care, but also personal trainers and gyms. But everyone has access to free, safe vaccination to prevent serious illness or death from Covid-19.

At the most basic, humanitarian level, the easiest way for us to save lives and protect our families and communities is to get vaccinated. It’s that simple. If you are not vaccinated, please, get vaccinated today. Become part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

The writer is the founder and president of Less Cancer, headquartered in Warrenton.

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