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Palos Park Commissioner Dan Polk is still concerned that not enough people have been vaccinated. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park Commissioner Dan Polk is still concerned that not enough people have been vaccinated. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

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Polk warns of bleak future if more people are not vaccinated

By Jeff Vorva

Illinois might be in Phase 5 as far as the pandemic is concerned, but Palos Park Commissioner Dan Polk is still concerned.

Polk, who is a neonatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has been a loud voice in encouraging vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic and he is not stopping now. With potential new variants on the way, he believes it is just as important now to get vaccinated as it was months ago.

“You are going to hear more and more and more and more about variants,” Polk said at the June 28 village council meeting. “The virus needs a place to replicate, and generally unvaccinated people are wonderful hosts.

“You are going to see more and more issues about the variants. About a billion and a half people have been vaccinated on this earth. You may provide the next variants if you are not vaccinated.”

Polk insists that the vaccinations out there have been tested many times over.

“Believe me, it’s had as much scrutiny as any other in the history of vaccinations,” Polk said. “No immunization is 100 percent effective. These are as close to being that as we have ever seen in this history of vaccinations.

“Mumps, measles, rubella and polio [vaccines] are less effective than these vaccines are.”

He predicts dire circumstances unless there are more people willing to get jabbed in the arm.

“People ask what the future is, and I can tell you it’s going to be worse unless we vaccinate more,” Polk said.

He added that those who only received one of either the moderna or Pfizer vaccines are not protected and need to get the second one.

He said for those who want more information, he can be reached at [email protected].

VFW seeking help

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney is urging residents who are veterans to consider volunteering for the Orland-Palos VFW Post 2604.

The post is seeking help with color guards at local town events such as the upcoming Taste of Orland Park plus several other events.

For more information, contact Commander Ron Raimbault at 708-275-7864 or visit orlandpalosvfw.com.

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