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VACCINE: Priorities askew

| January 13, 2021 1:00 AM

For a year now we were told by the CDC, local doctors, the news, and our local government that the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions were at greatest risk to contract the COVID virus and die.

We saw hundreds of these folks to become ill and many did die. We were also told that the very young wouldn’t have many problems and those under 60 would also not have serious problems unless they had underling conditions.

For the past year, we saw first responders and medical personnel dealing successfully with the virus by following advised procedures. Now comes along the life saving vaccine and we are now seeing who is the first to receive it and among them are elected officials. Not those we have been told who are at greatest risk, as they have apparently been put at the bottom of the list.

I have the greatest respect for our first responders and medical professionals. I had spent more than 30 years as a LEO and if all could be given shots at the same time, I would be applauding. However, it appears to me that by not administrating to those we were told are in the greatest need shows me that our elderly are just being thrown away. So, shame on those who have made this decision, as it certainty wasn’t in the best interest of those most in need.

RICHARD WELTS

Coeur d’Alene