‘I Want to Go to a Hospital or Clinic Where Everyone Is Vaccinated’

Vaccine mandates in hospitals and schools; Haitians and immigration policy; abortion and Republicans.

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Staff prepared for the reopening of school at Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy earlier this month.Credit…Gabby Jones for The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “As Vaccine-Wary Staff Prepare to Lose Jobs, New York Hospitals Brace for Strain” (news article, Sept. 27):

I am a doctor, and I am dismayed that so many of my colleagues would rather lose their jobs than be vaccinated. No one, especially a health care worker, has the right to put a patient’s health in jeopardy when there is no risk to themselves.

This reminds me of the situation in 1981 with the air traffic controllers, whom I did support, but that showed that you can get through a crisis of mass firings of essential workers. The take-home lesson is that there is a difference between being essential and being irreplaceable. While employees need protection against employer abuse and exploitation, the current situation is neither.

For those who feel that this is a matter of personal autonomy, I say that sometimes taking a stand comes with personal sacrifice. That is their right and their choice, but what they are being asked to do is reasonable.

Charles Berk
Brooklyn

To the Editor:

No more excuses. Let’s not let the anti-vaccination people spoil it for the rest of us. It’s time we unite. I want to go to a hospital or clinic where everyone is vaccinated. I did my part; now it’s time others do theirs. So I will not allow any medical personnel to treat me unless they are vaccinated. We can all do this, and the pressure will not only be on the government and business, but also on individuals. Let’s take back our power.

The same goes with schools. A teacher who does not want to be vaccinated endangers the life of fellow workers and the students. Children are suffering and dying because of denial by supposedly responsible adults. Let’s get together as parents and demand vaccinated teachers, coaches and school staff.

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We can all do this. It’s time we become proactive. No more excuses; stand up and fight.

Ann Marie Brown
Winchester, Mass.

To the Editor:

Re “Shot Mandate for New York City Teachers Can Proceed” (news article, Sept. 28):

It seems that some teachers want to keep the current option of testing instead of getting the vaccine. The best way to resolve this issue is to give them two choices. Either they get vaccinated for free, or they agree to daily testing (with a rapid test) and at their expense.

There is no reason the school districts should pay for the testing. There shouldn’t be a weekly testing option, as it is then possible to test negative, get Covid-19 and spread it around before the next test.

Given the choice of a free vaccine or costly testing, you might be amazed at how many teachers and school staff members will get the shots.

Mike Lacroix
Hamilton, Ontario

To the Editor:

Why not let unvaccinated health care workers keep their jobs, and set up mobile clinics outside hospitals where they can take care of unvaccinated Covid patients? This will free up the hospitals to take care of non-Covid, urgent-need patients who are being turned away by jammed I.C.U.s.

This approach respects the commitment of the unvaccinated to opt for freedom of choice over the public good. It may also persuade some of these holdouts to get vaccinated.

David Baldwin
Petaluma, Calif.

Haitian Migrants and a ‘Harmful’ Immigration Policy

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To the Editor:

The deplorable abuse of Haitian asylum seekers by Border Patrol agents in Texas did not occur in a vacuum. It is a direct result of decades of racist immigration policies that have disproportionately harmed Black migrants, and the Biden administration’s deliberate choice to break its promises to treat people seeking safety in the United States humanely.

For months, refugee rights advocates warned that President Biden was doubling down on many of his predecessor’s most harmful immigration policies.

In fact, the injustice and inhumanity we saw in Del Rio, Texas, are exactly why Oxfam and our partners are suing the Biden administration over the xenophobic and racist Title 42 policy that is being used to expel Haitians and others on widely debunked health claims.

It did not have to be this way. The United States has the potential to be a beacon of hope for persecuted people around the world. It is time for President Biden and Congress to live up to that potential and transform our immigration system for good.

Noah Gottschalk
Washington
The writer is global policy lead for Oxfam America.

To the Editor:

Re “President Resorts to Tougher Measures at Border” (front page, Sept. 23):

Our recovering economy is held back by a labor shortage in ill-paid and unpleasant essential jobs. A willing labor force for these jobs recently showed up at Del Rio, Texas. So we are deporting them to their small, shattered country of origin, where many have not lived for years.

We’re doing this because … ???

Dan Berger
Baltimore

Abortion and the Republicans

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Jennifer Reince, the patient care coordinator at the Trust Women clinic in Oklahoma City, spoke with a woman in Texas who was seeking an abortion.Credit…Nick Oxford for The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Desperate and Leaving Texas to Have Abortions” (front page, Sept. 27):

Is this really what the conservative Supreme Court justices want for Texas women? The cruelty defies reason. After nearly 50 years of Roe v. Wade, this backward move, identified with men of the Republican Party, may be what finally breaks the potential resurgence of Trumpism in America.

Emily Samton
New York

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