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Letters, July 24

Get vaccinated

Stephen King’s novel,

The Stand,” although fiction, contains one scientific fact everyone should know: viruses mutate.

We have seen this with COVID-19: multiple variants developing from one original strain of virus. Each of these variants is more communicable than its predecessors.

In the book, the flu virus mutated until it could not be controlled and ended up killing most people on Earth. That is why it is so important for people to get vaccinated while we still have vaccines that are effective.

This is the only way to stop the virus. As long as there are unvaccinated people for the virus to infect, the virus will continue to live and mutate.

Eventually, it could evolve into a form our current vaccines cannot control. Then we would all be as vulnerable as we were at the beginning of the current pandemic.

People who refuse to get vaccinated, for whatever reason, may not only be risking their own lives but might be contributing to a much worse pandemic down the road, which would affect all of us. So, if you don’t want to get vaccinated to protect yourself, do it for all the rest of us.

James Tobiason