LETTER: Vaccine injuries

Good news is hard to come by for those suffering severe adverse reactions to COVID vaccines.

But real change might be in sight with bipartisan legislation introduced this month, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Modernization Act.

Politicians need to hear that their constituents care, so I’m asking again for my community to help.

To live in a world where people harmed by a medication are treated with mercy instead of censorship, people must make their voices heard.

A quote attributed to Deitrich Bonhoeffer is apt: “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Please write or call Derek Kilmer, 202-225-5916, and Patty Murray, 202-224-2621, and strongly urge them to support this legislation.

While you’re at it, let them know you’re aware the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services recently formed the Office of Long COVID Research and Practice and launched clinical trials.

Ask that they also study COVID vaccine injuries or create an equivalent office.

If you’re unsure why reform and research are needed, an article on HealthAffairs.org, “Insult To The Injured: The Case For Modernizing Vaccine Injury Compensation,” tells the history and makes an objective call for change.

This piece is co-written by experts: an advisor to vaccine manufacturers and the director of Vaccine Injury Litigation at George Washington University Law School.

Steadfast care for the injured can unite us and pave a path for healing other divisions in our country.

We need each other.

Kathy Zelenka

Port Angeles