Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
The cartoon on the Comment page in the Aug. 24 Casa Grande Dispatch is very misleading and pushes a false narrative. Polio, measles, mumps, flu and tetanus shots have been available for decades. The short-term and long-term side effects are well-documented and the public may choose whether to take them or not, based on their medical conditions.
The COVID-19 vaccines have only been available for a few months. People have a right to be concerned, because there isn't enough data to know the long-term effects of any of these vaccines — that takes years of collecting and analyzing data. To rush a vaccine through development for emergency use is one thing, but to rush a vaccine through final approval before sufficiently collecting and analyzing long-term data is grossly irresponsible.
Why are these vaccines being pushed so heavily? Why should unproven vaccines be mandated? Why can't people make their own decisions based on their health issues/concerns? Follow the money.