I am writing in regard to reports published in the Herald Times last week that the Meeker Town Council and Board of County Commissioners are writing letters to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment protesting vaccination mandates on medical staff.
Let’s see. Memory fades. Check if I’ve got the timeline straight.
As reported in your pages and as documented in public health records, an outbreak of COVID occurred on the Walbridge Wing in November 2020. December 2020 another outbreak occurred in Pioneers Medical Center.
December and January, Pioneers Medical Center providers published a series of articles in your pages claiming COVID really wasn’t much to worry about.
February 2021 Walbridge Wing and Pioneers Medical Center were cited by the state Department of Health for violations of COVID safety protocols related to the earlier outbreaks.
In the latest development it seems a portion of Pioneers Medical Center staff, presumably a minority, is refusing to comply with new mandates requiring health care staff to be vaccinated against COVID. In that effort they have garnered letters of support from our county commissioners and from the Meeker Town Council.
To a casual outside observer, it might appear that Pioneers Medical Center has lost its way, lacking policies and procedures necessary to protect the public health. The reluctance of a few to support vaccination, uncertain or afraid for whatever reason, further threatens the health and well-being of the whole community. Our elected officials facilitate that floundering, ignoring state law and their own public health bylaws.
Dr. Bob Dorsett
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