I was heartened to hear of Kerr County Commissioner’s Harley Belew’s recovery from COVID infection and wish him continued good health. Sadly, more than 100 of our friends and neighbors have not been so lucky. As I write this letter today (Friday, Aug. 27), Peterson Regional Medical Center is full to capacity with 38 COVID patients — only one of whom is vaccinated.

The facts are, vaccines have saved the world from the devastating effects of smallpox, polio and measles and reduced the pain and suffering of many other diseases. Virtually all these vaccines require multiple doses to remain effective. A simple example is tetanus, which is required every 10 years. The COVID vaccine is likely no exception. ...

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