Once again, you report COVID-19 statistics without breaking down the differences between the vaccinated and unvaccinated numbers. We are different populations. You are not the only newspaper or other media outlet to do this: Almost all national and local media continue to lump us all together. It does a disservice to those of us who have been fully vaccinated, causing us to despair and those who continue to put us all at risk to say “why bother to get protected since vaccines clearly don’t work?”

Sue Young

Editor’s note: Montclair Local collects daily coronavirus case and death statistics from online dashboards provided by sources including by Montclair Township’s and New Jersey’s health departments. Those dashboards do not distinguish between cases and deaths among vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals.


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