Rep. Tobon requests his name be removed from vaccine mandate letter to governor


STATE HOUSE – Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) is requesting that his name be removed from a recent letter to Governor McKee regarding the executive order mandating that healthcare workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“While I was vaccinated as soon as possible, I understand the fear and trepidation that some of my constituents felt concerning this new vaccine.  Whether these apprehensions were rooted in fact or not, the anxiety felt by these individuals is very real, which is why I signed on to the letter. 

“But, after more consideration and conversations with those I represent in District 58, I realized there is a significant difference in regards to public health when comparing the risks of an unvaccinated worker in most professions to that of medical professionals who provide care for all of our residents. Individuals who care for patients of COVID-19 and numerous other health issues must protect themselves and their patients, and the only way to do this is through vaccination.  It is for this reason that I am requesting my name be removed from the letter sent to Governor McKee,” said Representative Tobon.

“Frontline workers were the heroes who took care of us and our loved ones in the dark, frightful and uncertain days of the pandemic,” he added.  “The numbers of those with COVID-19 have drastically dropped due to the vaccines they are now administering, and I encourage them to vaccinate themselves as well.”