Letter: FW Lillis, Leesburg

Editor: This is in response to a letter sent by Del. Dave LaRock to his constituents concerning the possibility of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for college students and promoting religious exemptions from such requirements.

The Supreme Being, knowing that He was dealing with humans, gave us a single commandment, “Love thy neighbor.” To illustrate what those three words meant, He gave us the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is hard for me to find a theological loophole in this commandment which permits vaccines to be avoided. 

Regarding mandatory vaccinations for college students, Del. LaRock accurately states that the risk of serious infection for those in this age group is low. This means, that while they may become infected, they will easily weather the illness. True, but if infected, they are capable of generating variants, one of which might increase and multiply and wipe out both hemispheres.

We should rejoice at the success of Operation Warp Speed and our good fortune at having the vaccines available in such abundance. Others are not so lucky. We should also recognize our duty to others, as did the Good Samaritan, and get the jab.

FW Lillis, Leesburg

3 thoughts on “Letter: FW Lillis, Leesburg

  • 2021-06-17 at 10:36 am

    Personally, I don’t care if people get the vaccine or not. I am more concerned about the attitudes of people like this letter writer who has an irrational fear of variants and, it follows, will want to coerce or blatantly force people to take vaccines. If people don’t want the vaccines (and I don’t care how illogical their reasoning it), then the shouldn’t be coerced into getting one.

    • 2021-06-17 at 12:03 pm

      No one is forcing anyone to get vaccines. People have free will.

      If your employee makes being vaccinated a condition of keeping your job you’re free to quit and work somewhere else. In the state of Virginia an employer can fire an employee for any reason at any time. Republican are fond of reminding us they pushed this law through. They even came up with a special term they love to throw around-

      “Virginia is a right-to-work state”

  • 2021-06-18 at 10:09 am

    It is ridiculous for colleges to force students to get vaccines. Many exempt their employees (who can choose whether to avoid the vaccine and take the risk or receive the vaccine to protect themselves) but don’t offer the same choice to their clients, their students! The administrators should be fired. It’s time for students to walk with their feet. And for us as voters to throw the incompetent and immoral college administrators (at least for the public schools) out.

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