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Letter: I'm in line

Letter: I'm in line

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As a child who endured the polio epidemic and had friends and family affected by polio in the 1950’s, I am amazed and pleased at the quick turn around of vaccines coming soon to prevent COVID-19. Does that mean it’s a safety-free vaccine? Not necessarily so, but what are the options? Continued spread of the virus, or a possible preventative. I’m in line!

Mary Jo Huddleston



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