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Letter to the Observer: Keep requiring vaccinations

Editor:

Reading the commentary by New Mexico Rep. Gregg Schmedes (Aug. 30 Observer) I couldn’t help but notice his commentary was nothing more than a poor and thinly veiled attempt to reverse the state law requiring vaccinations. This is absurd and downright stupid.

I agree the COVID-19 vaccination should be thoroughly tested prior to any release, as it should be, but there is no reason to throw out the baby with the bath water. There are options!

Perhaps waiting until the vaccine is proven safe and effective, or creating a temporary waiver in the law for COVID-19 vaccine and only this vaccine until it is proven safe. Reversing the current law would lead to more outbreaks of measles and other diseases.

Just look at the recent measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest earlier this year, and according to the World Health Organization, in 2018 over 140,000 people died worldwide from the measles. In both instances, most cases came from not being vaccinated.

I doubt Mr. Schmedes is old enough to remember measles and polio and the effect it had on people back in the ’50’s and ’60’s. Unfortunately, I do; I personally had the measles that swept through our grade school, and knew someone crippled by polio.

Maybe that doesn’t matter to Mr. Schmedes. People need to be vaccinated for the good of our citizenry, both nationwide and worldwide.

William Rehm

Rio Rancho resident since 2005

 

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