Letter: Here’s my answer to a pointed query by my unvaccinated brother

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lindsay Brown prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru event organized by the Utah County Health Department in Spanish Fork on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

My unvaccinated brother challenged me to answer this question with one sentence:

“If you are vaccinated for COVID 19, what is the risk to you of being around other people (vaccinated or unvaccinated) if the vaccine works?”

I had a good deal of complex data that would fill several paragraphs, even several pages. In attempting the “one sentence answer” I made multiple run-on sentences, separated by semicolons; then added some more. So, I spent some time distilling the data and risk to the one sentence which follows:

“Being vaccinated radically improves my odds of avoiding the worst effects of COVID19.”

Perhaps this may be useful to others with unvaccinated loved ones with the same question.

Kathy Pedersen, Salt Lake City

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