Letters to the Editor

Why is administration so unresponsive now?

Oct 12 2021, 11:53 AM

This is in direct response to the VTDigger article Oct. 1, Monkey Wrench: How the Delta variant caught Vermont off guard.

I quote directly from the article: ”Vaccines remain highly effective, but they must be paired with other mitigation measures when community spread reaches high enough thresholds, said Julia Raifman, a Boston University health researcher who tracks state-level Covid-19 policies. ‘Vaccines reduce the chances of hospitalizations and deaths. But community spread increases the chances of cases,’ Raifman said. ‘If you let the cases increase and don’t control transmission, then you end up with everybody in a worse situation. And that’s what’s happening in Vermont.’”

I don’t understand why this administration is so ridiculously unresponsive, after so many months of responsiveness and care.

Further, it is completely unhelpful to say to Vermonters, again and again, that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated when so many of us (read: children under 12) aren’t even eligible for vaccination. And I’m not the only mother who’s tired of this verbiage. It’s both grating and angering.

My 10-year-old daughter — more than many, many Vermonters, more than the governor — knows that we’re all in this together, even at this point, especially at this point. She’s dismayed when she sees people who don’t wear masks.

Yes, I’m fully vaccinated, but in solidarity with her and because I want her to know that some Vermonters have her back, I always wear a mask when we go out in public.

She deserves this.

Elaine Cissi

South Burlington