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Dear Editor:

It is most unfortunate that the bureaucrats that are running our response to COVID-19 decided to halt the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of six cases of a rare blood clot in the brain that might be linked to the vaccine. There were six cases out of nearly seven million doses of the vaccine. The blood clot rate is actually lower than the known rate in the general population. Recall that prior to Election Day last year, Democratic pols including Biden, Harris, Cuomo, and de Blasio opined that a vaccine could not be developed in the time Trump said it would be. Then, once it was apparent that there would be a vaccine, they swore it was unsafe because it was the "Trump vaccine."

Please, as if he was in the lab developing it. They said people, them included, shouldn't take it. Now, after Trump was defeated, they all say everyone should take it but they wonder why many, especially in "minority" communities where people are most vulnerable, are vaccine hesitant. You reap what you sow. Stopping the use of the J & J vaccine only adds to the (wrongheaded) distrust of the vaccines. Everyone needs to know that the vaccines are both safe and effective, although, like all vaccines, they are not an ironclad defense against being infected.

Even if vaccinated, you need to remain vigilant. I refer readers to my article in this paper on December 24, 2020 as a point of reference. Everyone, please, get vaccinated so we can end this nightmare of masks and isolation. My family and I did.

Peter Galvin, MD

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