Letter to the Editor: Treat Unvaccinated People Like Smokers

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I TOTALLY agree with Tony Blair’s last comments: “People who have been fully immunized should be given more freedom to encourage people to take the jab.”

Blair also said: “It makes no sense to treat those who have been vaccinated the same as those who have not.”

A Covid status certificate would allow proof of vaccination (even if only one vaccine), a negative test, or immunity against recent infection.

Many (especially those who are anti-vaccination) say it will create a “two-tier society” where only those who have received the vaccine are allowed to enjoy their “freedoms” in pubs, restaurants, cinemas, public buildings. theaters, etc., while those who don’t will be severely ‘discriminated against’.

Well let me tell you that as a smoker I have experienced this same “discrimination” for many years and it continues to this day with even more pressure placed on us.

I can enjoy all of these pleasures if I don’t smoke, so what’s the difference in ensuring that the unvaccinated are treated the same?

The argument is that most of the elderly or vulnerable have had their second injection, so they will not die or become seriously ill, but could still be infected.

Well, thank you very much for your kind consideration, but I don’t want to get sick at all.

I would not venture into a crowded place where there is a possibility of unvaccinated people.

I will always maintain social distancing and wear a mask until at least ninety percent of people are vaccinated, but even then I still won’t feel completely safe because it only takes ‘a.

Tony Blair is right. With the now high rate of deployment of our vaccines, many people can now feel much safer to venture out.

A Covid passport would ensure that many do and that would be good for our businesses and our economy.

As for anyone who’s against the vaccine – well, join the queue with us smokers.

CHRISTINE PIERRE

Wellington Road, Bournemouth



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