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I wouldn’t put my loved one in a nursing home without a vaccinated staff | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Saturday’s letters to the editor.
After being among the first in line for the vaccine, residents of Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities saw infection rates fall sharply earlier this year. But even now, too few nursing home staffers are vaccinated.
After being among the first in line for the vaccine, residents of Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities saw infection rates fall sharply earlier this year. But even now, too few nursing home staffers are vaccinated. [ AMY BETH BENNETT | South Florida Sun Sentinel ]
Published Jul. 24
Updated Jul. 29

Quality of care

Nursing homes should have a vaccinated staff | Editorial, July 23

Thank you for your continued coverage of COVID-19, especially on the highly contagious and increasingly threatening delta strain. More malignant strains are likely in the near future, unless more people get vaccinated. As your editorial points out, a large number of nursing home health care staffers are not vaccinated. If I had family members in need of this care, I would be asking a simple question: Are all of care your providers vaccinated? If not, I would question their overall care of my loved one and choose another facility.

Dr. Charlie Sand, Tampa

The writer is an emergency physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a part of the Hillsborough County Emergency Medical Planning Council.

Respect and ‘snowflakes’

Stop insulting Trump voters and their concerns. Talk to them. | July 23

Gary Abernathy’s column is all well and good. Yes, everyone should treat others with respect. But in the nearly five years since Donald Trump was elected president, why have we never seen one article about how his supporters should try to understand and reach out to Hilary Clinton and now, Joe Biden, voters? It feels like there has been at least one article set in every diner in the rural Midwest about what drives Trump voters, but nobody is writing about the working class folks supporting Democrats. In the meantime, perhaps it’s the people calling their political opponents “snowflakes” who need to be spoken to about respect.

Steve Ferra, Safety Harbor

Americans, too

Stop insulting Trump voters and their concerns. Talk to them. | July 23

Thanks for publishing Gary Abernathy’s column. Everything he wrote is correct and accurate. Trump supporters are not racists. They are hard-working Americans with a different vision for their country, which does not mean they are insurrectionists or unpatriotic. Let people have their opinions without criticism.

Nancy Tondreault, Largo