To the editors: I am fully vaccinated and I finally feel free. However, this freedom is undermined as not all eligible adults are vaccinated. (“Fears that the Delta variant could wreak” havoc “in LA prompted the call to wear masks indoors”, June 30th)
LA County’s director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, recommends that everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, wear masks indoors, following the World Health Organization guidance.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t changed their mask guidelines for fully vaccinated people in light of the new, highly contagious Delta variant. Experts say a full vaccination against COVID-19 will protect people from getting the Delta variant.
Ferrer’s remark, “And this is the time for vaccinated people to give and protect others,” is shockingly misleading. Ferrer’s vaccination campaign does not convince the objectors, and it demands more of the vaccinated to get the job done.
Laura Fisk, Los Angeles
To the editors: So now it’s time to wear masks again. But instead of being hired by a government trying to protect its people, our unvaccinated neighbors are the oppressive force.
Can we hold protests in front of their homes? They need to know that their ignorance is trampling on our freedoms.
Paula Goldman, Santa Monica
To the editor: As someone who got the vaccine as soon as it was available, I feel like I’m slowly coming back to a world where I don’t have to fear every encounter with another person – even the people I do know who haven’t vaccinated it because “it hasn’t really been shown to be effective and could cause blood clots”.
Now I’ve read about the dangers of the Delta variant, which could lead to mutations in the unvaccinated, to the point where vaccines are much less effective.
I believe it was Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasonable, unjustified terror that paralyzes the efforts necessary to turn retreat into advance.”
Antonia Smolen, Laguna Niguel