The vaccine mandate from Gov. Janet Mills has upset some health care workers, and I’ll offer my two cents as well.

While I am neither for nor against the mandate, I chose to have my vaccine done in May to protect myself and others.

I’m no expert on COVID or the vaccine, but some of the things I do know are listed below:

COVID-19 has been attributed to over 600,000 deaths in the U.S. over the last 18 months or so. Whether or not they had other “underlying” issues is moot because the bottom line is that they were infected when they passed.

Whooping cough, measles, polio, etc., have been all but eradicated worldwide and here at home by vaccines.

While the vaccine is new and still being scrutinized, odds of you being infected with COVID-19 and transmitting it increases by not taking it.

I totally agree with personal choice, be it vaccines or abortion; then again, I also believe in personal responsibility and selfless sacrifice. The concept of “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” carries much weight here.

Luckily, our elders put chicken pox, mumps, etc., above “personal choice,” and chose eradication instead. As members of society, we have a certain obligation to those around us, and our elders understood this.

No one should have to worry about being infected with any communicable disease while in a health care facility.

Do people wish to sign death warrants for some folks because they wanted to exercise “personal choice”?

Joe Mailey, Auburn

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