Vaccines for COVID-19 are effective and safe. There is a large amount of “health misinformation” on line. However, the facts are not in question. The vaccine is 95% effective in preventing you from getting Covid. The vaccine also decreases your chance from getting severely ill or dying if you do contract Covid. All three types of vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson, are safe and effective. These vaccines have now been given to millions of Americans and the side effects are minimal.

Personally, my entire family has been vaccinated. My wife and I received the Pfizer vaccine in December and January as employees of the Whiteriver Service Unit. Our four children received either the Pfizer or the Johnson and Johnson vaccines. My 87-year-old father received the Moderna vaccine. None of us have had a side effect beyond the fever and body aches for 24 hours after the shot.

There recently has been clusters of infections in the White Mountains as reported by the WMI. The numbers of infections have increased. The number of hospitalizations at Summit Healthcare have increased. These rises are in contrast to areas where there is a greater percentage of people vaccinated.

I urge everyone, including nurses, doctors and other ancillary medical staff working in Show Low, to get their vaccine. As the local health care providers, we need to lead by example. Get your vaccine and help decrease our infection and mortality rates from this coronavirus. At this point, any death from COVID-19 was preventable.

Gregory Jarrin, MD,


(7) comments


Get real LOL. I'm not vaxin. Advice from my physician.


Then, sorry, we will miss your comments, when you die of the Covid.


I don't often agree with Dr. Jarrin's opinions, but he is 100% correct this time. The end of COVID is in sight but we, as responsible members of society, must do our part and get vaccinated. It is the least we can do to protect ourselves and those we love.

Rick Hay

Nah, aint gonna happen. You got it and that is your choice, You have that right. As for me and my family its a hard no. Thats our right as well.


That's "right" Rick - You got your free-dumbs.


Rick, sniper et al: In point of fact, you have no such right. You are presently able to act irresponsibly and remain a danger to society only because our leadership has not yet invoked mandatory vaccinations with appropriate penalties for those who refuse compliance. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on this during the 1905 smallpox outbreak. In Jacobson v. Massachusetts the court ruled by 7-2 majority that "in every well ordered society charged with the duty of conserving the safety of its members the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand" and that "[r]eal liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own [liberty], whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others."[2]

Furthermore, the Court held that mandatory vaccinations are neither arbitrary nor oppressive so long as they do not "go so far beyond what was reasonably required for the safety of the public".[2] In Massachusetts, with smallpox being "prevalent and increasing in Cambridge", the regulation in question was "necessary in order to protect the public health and secure the public safety".[2] The Court noted that Jacobson had offered proof that there were many in the medical community who believed that the smallpox vaccine would not stop the spread of the disease and, in fact, may cause other diseases of the body.[2] However, the opinions offered by Jacobson were "more formidable by their number than by their inherent value" and "[w]hat everybody knows, ... [the] opposite theory accords with the common belief and is maintained by high medical authority."[2] Therefore, it was left to the legislature, not the courts, to determine which of the "two modes was likely to be the most effective for the protection of the public against disease".[2] No one could "confidently assert that the means prescribed by the State to that end has no real or substantial relation to the protection of the public health and the public safety".[2]

Finally, the Court acknowledged that, in "extreme cases", for certain individuals "in a particular condition of ... health", the requirement of vaccination would be "cruel and inhuman[e]", in which case, courts would be empowered to interfere in order to "prevent wrong and oppression".[2] However, the statute in question was not "intended to be applied to such a case" and Jacobson "did not offer to prove that, by reason of his then condition, he was, in fact, not a fit subject of vaccination".[2]

While many states have laws which exempt some persons for medical or religious reasons, states are still empowered to mandate vaccinations and I am now of the opinion that they should do so.


Fine, let the anti-vaxx'ers refuse the vaccine. But there must be consequences, such as: Insurance companies should be allowed to deny coverage for Covid treatment to those who had access to the vaccine but refused. Hospitals should be allowed to triage patients by putting vaccinated people first and voluntarily unvaccinated "refuseniks" at the back of the line. Parents should be held liable for criminal negligence if their unvaccinated children contract Covid because their parents denied them access to the vaccine. Businesses and venues should be allowed to deny access to unvaccinated people who have no credible medical excuse for not being vaccinated. And so on. Anti-vaxx'ers should not be allowed to wander about in public in their ignorance and obstinance while potentially endangering others' health and even lives. I'm sorry (not), but I have lost all sympathy for anyone who CHOOSES to put themselves, their families, their friends, their co-workers and their community at risk.

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