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Letter to Editor

Letter to the Editor: Persuading People to Get Vaccinated – It Is Our Responsibility

December 11, 2021

To the Editor:

The coronavirus continues to plague humanity. Although the discovery and use of vaccines could halt its progression, we see that death still reaps human lives. Because while we could stop the deaths by using the vaccine, some of us, and not a few, still do not want to use the only weapon we have. The reasons cited are many and there is no room but also no reason to mention them.

The decision we make, however, whether to get the vaccine or not is not just up to us. Yes, we have the right to decide not to get the vaccine and we are responsible for our health and our lives, but if we get sick from this disease, do we have the right to pass it on to others and put them at risk of dying? We certainly do not have that right, as we do not have the right to shout “fire!” in a crowded theater.

So this view, as citizens, we have an obligation to present to those who deny the vaccine, to tell them that the decision to get the vaccine does not only concern them but also those who come in contact with them. This is not just the job of the state but the duty of everyone who has a leadership position and can influence a few or many people, as elected leaders or as presidents organizations, as employers, scientists, ministers, heads of families, or as individuals. Yes. If each of us knows someone who denies the therapeutic value of the vaccine – relative, friend, neighbor, acquaintance, it is our duty to point out his mistake and that if he gets sick he can transmit the disease to others who can die – not only to some random stranger, but his family and children.

It should be considered a national duty for all of us to try to persuade at least one other person to get the vaccine. We might convince that one person to get vaccinated. I am sure then that we will feel satisfied and happy because we were able to save a life. But if not, then what our ancient ancestors used to say proves to be true, “those whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.”

 

Konstantinos Lykogiannis

Elmsford, NY

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