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Letter: Protecting Alberta’s health system

Recently, I had to turn down an opportunity to help facilitate the Red Deer civic election because I could not be assured that my co-workers would be required to be fully vaccinated. I was told it was a privacy issue.

What a shock! Alberta is in a state of emergency and the City of Red Deer has 785 active COVID cases as reported in the Advocate on Sept. 25. Our system is under duress and near collapse. I would not be surprised to learn that the situations in our hospitals are a lot worse than we are being informed.

Get a heart attack, a broken leg, or similar medical emergency, and what care can we expect – a lottery to decide who is to be treated? An air-lift to Newfoundland or Ontario at tax-payers cost?

Premier Jason Kenny, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and former Minister of Health Tyler Shandro should be banned from public service – permanently, because of incompetence and ineptitude. These people and their political supporters have emboldened the non-vaxxers thereby allowing them to threaten the security and well-being of the rest of society.

There are times when the rights of the vast majority supersede the rights of a minority. The law must be laid down in order to protect the whole (for instance, Quebec will fine those who protest in front of schools and hospitals). The only rights you have are those that are granted by our society when you agree to abide in a manner that supports your fellow man.

As anti-vaxxers, you have negated our right to a viable and secure health system, to our mobility, and to our access for services. You expect hospital access for your malfeasance, yet exclude the same access for vaccinated people, and those seeking emergency medical aid. Anti-vaxxers who are sick, and expect treatment should be told to take an aspirin, go home, stay in bed, and don’t come back.

Larry Melnychuk, Red Deer

Note from the City of Red Deer: While the City of Red Deer encourages all election workers to be immunized, election workers are not required to be vaccinated as a condition of their employment. Returning Officers will ensure safety precautions such as masks, physical distancing, barriers, hand washing and daily health screening is implemented to create the safest environment possible for voters and election workers.

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