The COVID crisis is creeping back, and that puts our community at a crossroads.
We’re tired of all the restrictions—being told when and where to wear masks, how many people can be in a restaurant, and what businesses are “essential” or not. But all of us who signed this letter agree that one small act can make this all go away: getting the vaccine.
We got the shot. And we ask you to get it too.
We all motivated by different pressures and demands. Some of us are business owners who need the stability the vaccination offers to pay our employees and feed our families. Some of us are community leaders and educators who see how the pandemic has ravaged all corners of our county. Some of us work in health care and have witnessed firsthand how families are devastated by this horrible illness.
Despite the media focus on “breakthrough cases,” all three vaccines are very effective against the Delta mutation. And those with the vaccine who do contract COVID experience a significantly milder illness than those who are not inoculated. Ask any doctor or nurse: nearly all those in the hospital with COVID today did not get the vaccine. It’s hard to argue with those facts, or the people treating the sick.
So, we ask you to do your part. Protect our community. Respect your neighbors. Please get the vaccine.
Mark Allen, Chief Operating Officer, Marian Regional Medical Center
Sue Andersen, President & CEO, Marian Regional Medical Center
Paul Cook, President & CEO, CoastHills Credit Union
Marga Cooley, Managing Editor, Santa Maria Times
Anne Cremarosa, President, The Atrium Santa Maria
Jordan Cunningham, California State Assemblymember - 35th District
Maggi Daane, Director, Allan Hancock College Foundation Board
Judith Dale, Vice President, Allan Hancock College Foundation Board
Joe Dana, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Orcutt Union School District
Sandra Dickerson, CEO, Your People Professionals
Carlos Escobedo, Councilman, City of Santa Maria
J. Edwin Fields, Chairman/CEO, Vista Hills Water Co.
Erica Jane Flores, Director, Allan Hancock College Foundation Board
Karen Fothergill, Principal, Andre Morris & Buttery
Judy Frost, Community Volunteer/Board Member
Mark Fugate, Asset Manager/Broker, Charter Brokerage & Investments
Mike Gibson, Community Volunteer/Board Member
Angelica Gutierrez, Project Manager, L & G Farming Co Inc.
Joseph R. Halsell, CEO, Halsell Builders, Inc.
Derek Hansen, Executive Vice President , Towbes Group
Chris Hastert, General Manager, Santa Maria Public Airport District
Peggy Hesse, Shareholder/CPA, Lapp, Fatch, Myers & Gallagher, Accountants
Jon Hooten, Executive Director, Allan Hancock College Foundation
Fr. Peter Kang, Ph. D., Rector, St. Peter’s Episcipal Church
Steve Lavagnino, Supervisor - 5th District, Santa Barbara County
Glenn Morris, President & CEO, Santa Maria Valley Chamber
Luke Ontiveros, Superintendent, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Shannon K. Seifert, CEO, Santa Maria Valley YMCA
Gloria Soto, Councilwomen, City of Santa Maria
Jason Stilwell, City Manager, City of Santa Maria
Eddie Taylor, CEO, Northern Santa Barbara County United Way
Max Tucker, General Manager, Best Western Plus Big America
Val Vaz, Market President, Central CA, AMF Media Group
Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., Superintendent/President, Allan Hancock College
Ron Yukelson, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Wilshire Health & Community Services
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