Dr. Scott Schiff-Slater deserves praise for his clear articulation of the need for people to be vaccinated against COVID in his July 28 op-ed (“Vaccinations are the way to end this pandemic“).

By contrast, we should deplore the “head in the sand” position taken by management of MaineGeneral Medical Center (as reflected in a July 27 news story), which refuses to mandate that its employees be vaccinated until such time as the FDA gives “full approval” to the COVID vaccine, a bureaucratic process that will take many more weeks or months. Meanwhile, there will be unnecessary infections, illnesses and some deaths.

Because MaineGeneral and many other health care facilities will not protect their patients from this risk, the state should mandate that all health care workers be vaccinated.


Peter Bickerman


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