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It’s been an emotionally deflating summer – and the most frustrating part about it is knowing that it didn’t have to be this way.

In the midst of a pandemic that has destroyed businesses, killed 622,000 Americans, and damaged the physical and mental health of many more, we have a safe, effective and free tool available that can help pull us out of the dark hole we’ve been sitting in for the past year and a half. But the COVID-19 vaccine has not been greeted with enough pairs of open arms to slow the pandemic. Disinformation has spread like an Oregon wildfire, tricking vulnerable people into believing the vaccine is dangerous. And businesses have been slow to mandate vaccination for employees and visitors, which has enabled the unvaccinated and pushed the pandemic’s end even further into the distance.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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