.Letter to the Editor: Get the Vaccine

After nearly a year in a pandemic, the end of 2020 saw the long-awaited introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine—a safe way to protect our communities from the virus and work our way back towards a new normal.

But as of January, only half of all American adults said that they wanted to receive the COVID vaccine when it became available to them. Meanwhile, caregivers like me are continuing to go into work with our most vulnerable populations every single day.

We cannot continue to leave our essential workers and their recipients vulnerable. It’s on all of us to make sure that the public knows the facts about the vaccine, so that every person can make the right decision about when they should receive the vaccine. As a caregiver, I’m working with my union, SEIU 2015, to help communities get all the facts about the vaccine and asking them to take the pledge to protect their communities.

Each one of us plays an integral role in protecting the most vulnerable among us from the virus. When we stay inside or wear a mask, we’re doing it for our loved ones. Now, when we receive the vaccine, we’ll do it for the same reasons. It’s time for all of us to take the pledge and get the vaccine!

Mary Bjerke | Scotts Valley

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