Letter: When the COVID-19 vaccine comes, we should know who gets vaccinated and who doesn’t

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Pfizer announced Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, more results in its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study that suggest the shots are 95% effective a month after the first dose. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

We will soon be facing another new freedom of choice issue. In some surveys as many as 50% of the U.S. population would choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccination, likely again leaving responsible citizens benefiting others less responsible. Certainly it is not government’s responsibility to require vaccination. It’s simply the right thing to do for yourself, those close to you and the public at large. However, I believe there should be fair but differentiating consequences for different choices.
Why not provide evidence of vaccination in some form for individuals? Then each business entity, social function, public gathering, etc., could present risk option requirements to their customers or attendees. We could have vaccinated versus nonvaccinated cruise ship sailings, hotels or hotel rooms, airline flights, vacation rentals. Public gatherings and sporting events could require proof. Documentation could also facilitate tracking the effectiveness of vaccinations.
Freedom of choice is an inalienable right of an individual but never a right to harm others for their choice. Individuals should always bear the benefit or burden of choices they make.

Steve Vance, South Jordan
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