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April 26, 2021


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As I’ve mentioned in the past, we’re essentially in a race.  It’s the rate of vaccinations versus the rate of spread of the virus.  That spread, of course, has increased rapidly due to the presence of more-contagious variants of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, a new problem is slowing down our side in this race - - so-called “vaccine hesitancy.”  This reluctance to get vaccinated was probably heightened by the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (thankfully now ended, see more below on that).  See this article from The New York Times: Nation faces ‘hand-to-hand combat’ to get reluctant Americans vaccinated.

And, see this opinion piece in The Seattle Times: Please don’t hesitate to vaccinate — a plea from three health care professionals.

Fortunately, there’s good news for Seattle residents.  As detailed below, thousands of vaccine appointments are now available in Seattle through May 3rd.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.