To the Editor:
The recent article in The Hull Times detailing that only 55 percent of the women and 45 percent of the men in our town are vaccinated is quite frightening to me. I do not see anyone wearing any masks at all in the local stores or restaurants. It makes me wonder what people are thinking.
Do they know this virus is not even close to being over and is, in fact, surging again with the most dangerous variant yet, Delta. It is so strong and so transmissible that even vaccinated people are being affected. And, if more people don’t get vaccinated now, what do you think is going to happen in the fall when school starts and people go back inside?
I think our public health director, Joyce Sullivan, and her team have done an incredible job. It was a shame that the state took the vaccinations away from them or we might be in a better place.
France and Italy do not allow any unvaccinated people to even go into restaurants, bars, gyms, shows, etc., and now New York City and other US cities are following suit. It may seem extreme to some, but if that is the only way we can get enough people vaccinated to ensure others safety and keep our economy from tanking again, then it’s the right thing to do. I’m sure the restaurants, bars, and shops in Hull would rather make sure everyone entering their businesses are vaccinated rather than have to shut down again.
I am afraid that is where we are headed if these people screaming about their “freedoms” don’t wise up and realize they are not only risking their own health but that of their family, friends and neighbors.
And all business owners should be requiring all employees to be vaccinated as well as all town employees, if they aren’t already. This is a public health issue, not a political issue, and we need to get our vaccination numbers way up and fast.
It’s totally selfish not to get vaccinated; you are putting everyone else in danger because of your selfishness. I think it’s time to require unvaccinated people to be denied entry into any and all establishments for the good of all. They can still have their freedom not to be vaccinated, but they don’t have the freedom to risk everyone who did their part.
Sally A. Mong