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Letter: Sensationalistic headline distorts vaccines’ effectiveness

Letter: Sensationalistic headline distorts vaccines’ effectiveness

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Long term mass vaccination site opens downtown

A full syringe, bandaid and alcohol wipe sit ready for use during a mass vaccination event on the concourse of The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is helping organize the eight week event along with the Department of Defense. The event is geared towards getting the vaccine to people who want it but haven't been able to get it according to FEMA external affairs officer John Mills. Photo by Colter Peterson,

Regarding “71 in St. Louis County test positive for COVID-19 after full vaccination” (April 15): I imagine the Post-Dispatch’s headlines are often designed to appeal from 10 feet away, falling into the category of sensationalism, much like many online news sites.

Only those who perceive as unusual the small percentage of those infected post-vaccination, versus total people vaccinated, should run into their rooms and hide. As an example, about one in every 59 children are born on the autism disorder spectrum. If a headline concerning that statistic was similar to the newspaper’s COVID-19 headline, it would stop conception.

That’s life.

Jim Hauschultz • Kirkwood

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