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It is shameful that it remains unclear how many county employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 (NCJ Daily, Oct. 14). If Sheriff William Honsal "believes people should get vaccinated" then he should require it of his staff. His is not the only department facing a staffing shortage, and it's been proven over and over around the country that vaccine mandates do not lead to significant mandatory firings.

It is important during this time of civil unrest that police are seen as one of us, an example of good citizenship, not some "other" with special privileges. I just don't believe that Sheriff Honsal is "trying to be as diligent as possible."

Linda Lee, Arcata

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