Newsletter #23 July 14, 2021

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Just a reminder, we are open. We are continuing to follow the sanitizing protocols we established last year (see prior newsletters). You are still required to wear a mask when inside the office even if you are vaccinated, except when getting treatment (I do like to state the obvious). We are also requesting you to sanitize your hands BEFORE entering the office. There is a dispenser right outside our door.

If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccination, that is awesome! Right now 79% of San Diegans have received their first dose, and 68% are fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is twice as infectious and is now the dominant strain in California. Currently, 99% of all COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are people who have NOT been vaccinated. Anyone over 12 years old can and should be vaccinated. Why? To protect not only those who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons, but, just as important, to protect all children under age 12. Even though they usually do not get as sick, children can be carriers AND can get severely ill with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). Babies under 1 year are more at risk for COVID-19 complications. So, please, PLEASE, PLEASE get vaccinated to protect our children. (Click here to see where to get vaccinated.)

The side effects of the vaccines are mild compared to the potential problems of getting COVID-19. It is a new virus that your body has no knowledge of, which means EVERYONE will eventually get it. A vaccine jump-starts your immune system, so if you are exposed, you won’t get as sick. Personally, I feel the risks associated with any of the vaccines are minor compared to dying or getting permanent lung damage or long haulers syndrome. And, I believe, we have a moral duty to protect the vulnerable among us.

On a different note, last month was PRIDE Month, and I read four amazing books. “Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas, “Between Perfect and Real” by Ray Stoeve, “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel and “Nottingham” by Anna Burke. The first two are young adult novels about teenage trans boys. The third is about a trans girl and her incredible, eccentric family. The last is a retelling of the Robin Hood story as a gay woman. This month our piggy bank fundraiser is for the LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside. I have been getting a gender education. I am still confused with all the different genders, but now I have a greater understanding. Enjoy your summer!