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To the Editor:
Re “Unvaxxed, Unmasked and Putting Our Kids at Risk,” by Jessica Valenti (Opinion guest essay, Aug. 2):
Thank you, Ms. Valenti, for advocating for our children who are still too young to be vaccinated. As a New York City elementary-school teacher, I am also infuriated that many teachers and school staff still remain unvaccinated.
Next month, when the city’s public schools finally resume in-classroom learning, elementary students will be walking into buildings with many unvaccinated adults. As a parent and educator, I am appalled. Parents should be made aware of the teacher’s vaccination status. Then, parents can make an informed choice about whether they prefer to have their child in a classroom with a vaccinated educator.
I am also worried that our immunocompromised students will be at risk. A vaccine mandate for school staff must be in place to protect our children.
As we all know, schools are superspreaders of all kinds of germs, and we have a moral obligation as educators and concerned citizens to do what is right for our kids. My heart goes out to you and your daughter. Let’s continue to advocate for the under-12 population who rely on us to be their voice!
To the Editor:
I share the anger and rage of Jessica Valenti. When anti-vaxxers scoff, saying, “We are healthy,” I would add, “So far.” How many of them after being infected with the virus, and near death, have said they wish they had been vaccinated? What if their own young children succumb to Covid?
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