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Opinion: Make everyone pay fair share for vaccines

People who are fully vaccinated should pay the costs for other vaccinated individuals who fall ill, and the unvaccinated should pay for all unvaccinated people who get sick.

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People receive COVID-19 vaccines at a pop-up vaccination event.

Estefania Matos, left, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from health care worker Danielle Davis as health care worker Nadia Swanson gives Danny Revete a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination event at Reams in Magna on May 3.

Annie Barker, Deseret News

Dear Editor,

I was traveling in Texas with my family when I became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. My wife and I drove hundreds of miles at great personal expense to get our J&J vaccine. I happily mask up whenever science and health concerns dictate. I’ve grocery shopped or ordered online repeatedly at additional inconvenience and expense to do my part to slow the spread and not get infected or spread COVID-19 to others.

I’ve paid my fair share every day for over 16 months. How about if, going forward, we split the bill equally? Everybody who’s fully vaccinated covers the ongoing health care costs for other vaccinated individuals who fall ill. And those who remain unvaccinated shoulder the responsibility of paying for all unvaccinated individuals’ health care costs from here on out.

Freedom isn’t free, right?

Curtis Larsen,

Millcreek