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Here We Go Again: The Urgent Need to Get COVID-19 Shots

Here We Go Again: The Urgent Need to Get COVID-19 Shots

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As the increase in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from the Delta variant of COVID-19 have ramped up over the past six weeks, it’s clear this pandemic will continue until we are able to reach herd immunity through vaccinations.

The stories of sickness and death are horrendous. What’s even worse is that most of the people who are getting sick are unvaccinated. There’s no excuse for ignoring the science, none whatsoever.

As a dad, I was looking forward to my daughters having a normal senior year at college. That’s not likely to happen.

I was looking forward to attending outdoor football games in huge stadiums. That’s not likely to happen without a vaccination passport and a mask.

I was looking forward to everything getting back to normal as soon as we beat back the vaccination. No one can tell us when normal life will return.

I’ve read all the accounts as to why people have not gotten their vaccinations. This isn’t the time to continue to blame people for why it’s so bad.

The news media needs to stop taking sides with extremists on both sides and start educating people on the science of COVID-19 vaccinations. Governors who have been vaccinated should no longer enforce no required masks or no required vaccinations ordinances. Hypocrisy and politics need to stand aside for full transparency and common sense.

If you’re not vaccinated, you should not come into the office. If you’re not vaccinated, you should not attend sports events, work events, or church events; dine at restaurants; or visit your loved ones in hospitals, nursing homes, or retirement communities.

You should not travel by plane. You should not stay in a hotel. We should have vaccination passports so that those of us who have been vaccinated can move about a little more freely.

I know there are people who cannot be vaccinated due to health issues. I understand that and if that’s the case, you could have a special designation on your vaccination passport. I also believe if you have health issues, you are likely going to be wearing a mask.

We eradicated polio, mumps, measles, and smallpox because everyone was vaccinated. We didn’t give people “the right to decide” for themselves. Get a vaccination for everyone else, even if you don’t care about yourself.

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Wally Boston Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. In September 2019, Dr. Boston retired as CEO of APEI and retired as APUS President in August 2020. Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, he led APEI to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. For four years from 2009 through 2012, APEI was ranked in Forbes' Top 10 list of America's Best Small Public Companies. During his tenure as president, APUS grew to over 85,000 students, 200 degree and certificate programs, and approximately 100,000 alumni. While serving as APEI CEO and APUS President, Dr. Boston was a board member of APEI, APUS, Hondros College of Nursing, and Fidelis, Inc. Dr. Boston continues to serve as a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and as a member of the board of New Horizons Worldwide. He has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker on the impact of technology on higher education. Dr. Boston is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group. Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa, and, in April 2017, also bestowed him with the title President Emeritus. In August 2020, the Board of Trustees of APUS appointed him Trustee Emeritus. In November 2020, the Board of Trustees announced that the APUS School of Business would be renamed the Dr. Wallace E Boston School of Business in recognition of Dr. Boston's service to the university. Dr. Boston lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

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