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Survivors of the breakthrough
prove that the vaccine works

Many mistakenly believe that COVID-19 vaccines don’t work when and if “breakthrough” infections do occur.

Your recent history of individuals who have suffered from such infections (“Vaccinees describe their revolutionary experience,” page A1, August 15) rightly underlines the lifesaving nature of these vaccines and their ability, in most cases, to prevent serious illnesses.

These vaccines were developed with the aim of limiting deaths and hospitalizations and were urgently approved on this basis. Their relative success in limiting COVID-19 infections more generally, even those caused by the more infectious Delta variant, is in many ways a bonus.

Leif Wellington Haase

Mandatory vaccines
for first responders

The California Department of Public Health has ordered all healthcare workers in California to be vaccinated. Local jurisdictions should extend this ordinance to include first responders.

The state of California has made vaccination or weekly testing mandatory for all state employees, as have several other jurisdictions in California. The benefit to both the individual and the public is clear. “Vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective way to prevent infection with the COVID-19 virus, as well as its transmission and epidemics.

Several employee organizations strongly opposed the imposition of the mandate. For example, Alameda County firefighters demand the right to choose, “without fear of discipline or dismissal.” This position contradicts guidelines from the CDC, California Department of Public Health, and Alameda County Department of Public Health. Their opposition undermines attempts to vaccinate underserved communities. Hopefully they will reconsider their opposition.

Bruce nielsen
Former Secretary-Treasurer, IAFF Local 55

Do not give your
vote for the false elder

About Ruben Navarrette’s opinion piece “Soul of black conservatives? Larry Elder will help you teach yourself ”(Page A6, August 19), remember Elder is a fake.

He is just another supposedly conservative radio talk host who will drop the most ridiculous and bogus bombs to try and get ratings. You can’t believe a word like this. All I’ve heard him say about black people is put them down, whether they are lazy welfare queens or vulgar gang members. Like most so-called black conservatives, he puts all blacks in the same bag.

If you want Newsom replaced, please vote for anyone but this conservative fake clown.

Fort Rocheux
San Lorenzo

Local representatives must keep
line on anti-tech bills

We need representation in Washington that resists the distraction attacks on tech services that have been a boon to our state. And that’s exactly what we saw from reps Zoe Lofgren and Eric Swalwell, who voted against a bunch of laws which would functionally disrupt the technological sector.

This legislation targets those who have paved the way for the benefit of our economy, in particular by discouraging the funding of startups and limiting integrated digital tools. Not only have technological tools made business operations more efficient, they have also made a substantial contribution to our economy.

We are grateful that Representatives Lofgren and Swalwell opposed this misguided package. We can all agree that we need to focus on things more important than harming an industry that has provided critical support, especially throughout a global crisis.

Julien Cañete
President, CEO California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Instead of boosters, the United States
should export vaccines

D. “If a reminder is needed, why are we waiting? »Page A1, August 20:

President Biden and local leaders are simply wrong to push recalls for those already vaccinated against COVID-19. Every day in the developing world, thousands of people die from COVID or are hospitalized because they cannot find enough vaccines, and millions of Americans resist efforts to receive the vaccine.

If we don’t get millions of people in developing countries vaccinated as soon as possible, we will never contain COVID-19, as more and more variants emerge and it will be a race: humans against the virus; in this race, the virus will win. Smallpox and polio have been brought under control by obtaining collective immunity around the world. We can do the same with the current pandemic. As citizens of the world, we have a moral obligation to support efforts to make the world a better place.

Gail Dolson
Corte Madera

Celebrate social security
strengthening it

August marks the 86th anniversary of the Social Security Act, a vested benefit that provides essential financial support to current and future retirees.

Since the 1930s, seniors have relied on this program for the dignified retirement they deserve. It is money they use to shop, fill their gas tanks and pay their bills. Without it, they lose a dignified retirement and we will lose the main engines of our local economy as an overwhelming number of Social Security recipients spend their checks locally.

That said, Social Security is facing a real budget deficit. This is why I am an original co-sponsor of the Social Security Law 2100. This legislation would help ensure that social security remains strong for future generations. We must continue to fight to ensure that Social Security continues to deliver on its promise to those who have worked hard, played by the rules, and contributed to the system their entire lives.

Representative Mike Thompson
Washington DC


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