It’s time to follow the lead of great Americans before us. We deserve to live free of school shut-downs, mass quarantines and canceled events. Vaccines will gain us that freedom. It is time to follow our patriotic American forefathers and take action on vaccines.

Let’s take a look at the role of vaccines in our great democracy. In 1777, the statesman, George Washington, ordered the first vaccine mandate when he required that every man, regardless of rank, serving in the Continental Army be inoculated against smallpox.

Vidya Kora, MD, is a member of the Franciscan Physician Network in Michigan City, specializing in Internal Medicine. A former La Porte County commissioner, he is currently the chair of the La Porte County Democratic Party.

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