I am pro COVID-19 vaccine. I believe in the safety of the COVID vaccines and have taken the Pfizer vaccine, as has every member of my family. I strongly encourage people to get the various available vaccines to reduce the health dangers of this unprecedented viral pandemic. Science does not always work perfectly, but I do trust the COVID vaccine scientific process as a Republican state senator and co-ranking leader of the Public Health Committee.
Effective persuasion is especially important on the heels of the latest governmental dictum to require COVID vaccinations. Gov. Ned Lamont has mandated COVID vaccines for state employees and all school teachers and staff, public and private. President Joe Biden has mandated vaccines for 100-plus million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health care workers and federal contractors. Tensions and tempers are on the rise as we acclimate to a second year of the seemingly perpetual state of emergency and threats of COVID variants that have most of our communities on edge.