Wednesday’s letters: Anti-vaxx protests at hospitals intolerable

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I am outraged at the behaviour of anti-vaccination demonstrators in this province. It’s one thing to hold private beliefs regarding the efficacy of vaccines, or freedoms, but to vent those concerns in the face of nurses, doctors and health-care workers doing their best to save lives in the middle of the fourth wave is intolerable.

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The irony of this whole protest is that the vast majority of the patients these health-care workers are trying to save are, themselves, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. I don’t believe these protestors are stupid or ignorant or somehow part of a weird anti-vaxx cult — I just think they are seriously mis-guided. Their rights must always be balanced against the rights of the majority. That is what democracy, and our Charter of Rights is all about.

Shake your collective heads, put your rights on hold, and accept that vaccination, while perhaps infringing on your personal freedoms, allows me, and my under-12 grandchildren, and those who legitimately cannot be vaccinated to live and allows those who need the beds in hospital to get them.

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Jon Rossall, Edmonton

Prioritize health care for the vaccinated

We drove by the Royal Alexandra Hospital Tuesday completely by chance. And we were disgusted and furious at the spectacle we witnessed. People screaming and waving signs, protesting COVID-19 prevention measures and vaccinations.

I thought I was pretty used to this by now. But nothing could have prepared me for that. We’ve done everything asked of us; we isolated, we masked up, we socially distanced, we missed our grandchild’s first Christmas, we got vaccinated as soon as we were eligible, so we wouldn’t miss her next Christmas. We’ve sacrificed enough.

We’re growing very resentful towards those who refuse to vaccinate. We’re in a fourth wave, of the unvaccinated because of your selfishness. If you don’t care about your well-being, why should we? I’ve lived three years in excruciating pain, desperately needing a new knee. And today, I received word my pre-op was cancelled. Again. It is time to institute triage measures. Priority for COVID-19 care must be given to those of us who did our part. You didn’t want to protect yourself. So why should we? Good luck. Prove me wrong.

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S.C. Thomas, St. Albert

Anti-vaxxers should pay for their COVID care

In her Sept. 11 letter, Cathy Rainey suggested anti-vaxxers should pay for their own COVID-19 care. That’s quite a reasonable position to take; for many years we have accepted that smokers should pay higher life insurance premiums.

Why not apply a similar principle to anti-vaxxers, many of whom seem quite unconcerned that everyone else is going to have to pick up the huge tab for their selfish stance on COVID vaccinations?

Ted Snow, Edmonton

Columnists paid to express their views

I fail to understand why the “conservative bias” displayed by David Staples is any more odious or noteworthy than the corresponding liberal bias of, say, Andrew Cohen. Both writers are paid by Postmedia to express their personal political views, and that’s exactly what they do.

M.F. Charles, Edmonton

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