Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
When was the last time you saw a person with smallpox? You haven't, because we eradicated it across the planet. Do you respect the Rotary clubs? Good, because they spend millions to vaccinate against polio around the world. And it's almost gone. Vaccines save lives and now we need everyone vaccinated against COVID-19. I am volunteering my time as a retired physician assistant to give vaccinations to people around the state. It is the most important work I believe I have ever done in my career. I have been following along the lives of my colleagues on the front lines and this virus is something we have never encountered in medicine ever. We don't fully understand how it works in the human body. Just when we think we know it, new symptoms arise in people who have recovered. This virus lies dormant only to strike in surprising and awful ways.
Don't get COVID and if you did, don't get it again, which you can do because we think immunity may only last about three to four months. We are seeing psychosis, stroke, heart damage in young healthy adolescents and all sorts of other issues. People are always talking about death rates but that's not the most important issue, it's about the health issues after you recover. Take the vaccine. I'm excited to get mine and then give it to hundreds of people. It is safe, it is effective. Now is the time to trust in science. Give yourself and your family the gift of life and safety for the new year! Get your COVID vaccination!