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By Al Litman

As the spokesperson for the city, I want to talk about a serious subject this month.  Last month I wrote a little about how well we were doing in dealing with COVID-19, and how well the vaccinations were going.  I was wrong.

I received the vaccination rate for Mesquite and to be honest am disappointed in the results so far.

I was pretty careful and thought I could avoid COVID.  This was months before a vaccine was available.

As you may know, I caught it and it was frightening to say the least.  I won’t go into details, but I was lucky.  Mesa View was excellent and I’m fine today.  If there had been a vaccine I would have been in line right away.

I survived Vietnam.  I survived Cancer.  I still find it hard to believe that a virus nearly got me.  And that’s where I’m a bit confused.

Why wouldn’t everyone that could receive a shot or two that could save their life, be resistant? As a child growing up in the 40s and 50s I had just about every childhood illness you could get, except Polio.

There were no vaccines for any of these viruses.  Many mothers of kids I went to grade school with died because of Polio.

Many of my friends were deathly sick from Measles, Mumps and Chicken Pox.  Small Pox and Polio vaccines are no longer recommended because these diseases no longer present a health issue in America.

Still, vaccinations are still recommended and required in most states for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Human Papilloma and others.  So why not for COVID-19, probably the most deadly of all of them?

Yes, I know that younger children are currently eligible for the vaccine, but nearly every child that attends a public school must have their vaccines up to date or they cannot attend.  Soon the vaccine will be available to every age and parents will have a decision to make.

We spend too much time concerned where the virus started.  Political parties blame each other for the vaccine rollout and so forth.

It’s time to realize that the COVID-19 virus will be with us for a long time and could cause far more deaths and long-term illness if we don’t eliminate it with herd immunity.

So many counties are begging for the vaccine and we have millions of doses that will go to the dump.  It doesn’t make sense.

I’m calling on the residents of Mesquite to step up if they haven’t gotten the shots and get it done. A good citizen cares about everyone around them whether you agree or disagree with their political beliefs.

I’m sure that this article will cause uproar with the locals that are opposed to the vaccines.  They have numerous reasons or they say they do.

These are my opinions.  They are not political driven, or driven for any other reason than common sense.

Al Litman is mayor of the city of Mesquite.