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Vaccinations, community, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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To be honest, it is hard to hear about vaccine refusal without having to fight back rage.

Those of us who are vaccinated — to be clear, none of us braved anything worse than the constant computer searches and refreshing and then waiting on line, because it is overwhelmingly safe to be vaccinated and unsafe and antisocial not to be — have started to live our lives outside our cocoons, a bit at a time, unmasked social occasion at a time, carefully, gingerly, tentatively, but unmistakably.

The rates in our corner of America are pretty good. New Jersey and New York are among the most vaccinated parts of the country. But still there are many people who could be vaccinated but are not. (There are of course many people who can’t be, particularly the immunosupressed and children under 12.)

Those unvaccinated people are allowing the disease to spread to the unvaccinatable, and to breakout cases in the vaccinated. They are allowing the coronavirus to mutate; now the Delta variant is far more contagious than the older versions were, but still it responds to the vaccine. Later variants might........

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