As America transitions from the COVID-19 Pandemic at this mid-point of the year, some Professionals most vulnerable to the virus because of the nature of their vocations, First Responders, are increasingly subjecting themselves to danger through a crisis of their own making; their refusal to take the COVID vaccine. This resistance resides in substantial numbers among Police Officers, Firefighters, and Military personnel, as opposed to Nurses and Doctors. Those First Responders who refuse to take the vaccine not only risk an early and unnecessary death, but also pose the risk of spreading the virus to the very communities they have sworn to protect and serve. According to a June 24 press release by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in the first 6 months since the vaccines became available, over 436,000 citizens there were infected with the COVID virus, 98.7% of whom were not vaccinated. First Responders were among the first eligible to receive the vaccine. Results reported for this time frame by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health reveal an opposite approach; There, of over 350,000 citizens who were fully vaccinated, only 0.06% of those, 212 people, became infected with the virus. Of the 212 “Breakthrough” cases, those being of people already vaccinated, 36 experienced no symptoms. These 3 dozen were only detected as the consequence of Contact Tracing of those they were in contact with whom tested positive, and is further evidence that the vaccine offers protections from that small population which later acquires the virus after vaccination. The data also suggests that the percentage of those vaccinated whom later acquire the infection is higher than the official reports, given that some people who are asymptomatic with the virus do not get tested. On June 22, the Los Angeles Police Commission asked the leadership of the LAPD to consider the legality of mandating that their employees submit to the COVID-19 vaccine. Legal barriers to this include the fact that the vaccine was issued under Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, before the standard Certification process had been completed. This was done under the determination that this would save the lives of thousands of Americans. The statistics demonstrate that this has in fact been the case. However, the unprecedented speed by which this vaccine was produced, tested, and then mass-distributed, raised concerns for many Americans regarding it's safety and effectiveness. In Los Angeles, as is the case across much of America, almost half of the Police Officers and Firefighters there have not been vaccinated, with many publicly stating they have no intention of doing so. Simultaneous to this resistance has been the emergence of new strains of the virus, such as the one designated as “Delta” by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On June 19, the CDC issued a public warning regarding the emergence of this new strain, which first evolved in India to catastrophic results, a much more contagious version of the virus, which the CDC predicted to soon become the dominate strain in the United States. Some such First Responders have identified themselves with the “anti-Vaxx” movement, which purports that vaccines are less effective and far more dangerous than is reported by the U. S. medical authorities. The actions of such individuals first gained attention in the 1970s and grew exponentially in recent years through the advent of Social Media. Many of these proponents have been proven to having disseminated dis-information about various vaccines that are simply not true. As the outreach of this movement has grown, so also has been the reaction from the Medical and Scientific establishment, including the published reports of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, among many others. Earlier this year, a Sheriff in California placed a notice on his Facebook page in which he claimed that a local First Responder had died as a result of taking the COVID vaccine. The claim received national attention, going “viral,” as it is called. The Sheriff later announced a retraction after it was revealed that the man's death was not caused by the vaccine. Another recent case that received national attention involved a young Sheriff's Deputy in Colorado who died at age 33, leaving behind his wife and children. The deceased was an outspoken “anti-Vaxxer.” The anti-Vaxx movement has received the attention of the Media in recent years, in part due to the fact that many such are people whose names would be instantly recognized by many Americans. Some of the leaders operate out of the Left end of the political spectrum, while some are on the Right. Sometimes they work together, running sophisticated fund-raising operations that generate millions of dollars to be used to spread their Agenda across the country, while, in the meantime, enriching themselves. Common to most of them are conspiracy theories they adopt and promote, purporting that the COVID Pandemic, and the vaccines created to stop the virus, are part of a number of vast plots, involving corrupt officials within the U. S. government, or foreign governments, pharmaceutical companies, already-Billionaire business leaders intent on getting richer off the Pandemic, and other claims that defy credulity. Many of these anti-Vaxxers target America's communities of color, in their belief that many such members already harbor a deep-seated mistrust of the Federal government. The fears of their target audience is not unfounded, given the unfortunate history of racism in America. What members of this target audience should know, however, is that more than one Leader of the anti-Vaxxer movement have been identified in numerous Media reports as being Associates of groups designated as a White Supremacist organization. Another fear that anti-Vaxxers exploit is the simple truth that there is no such thing as a vaccine that is 100 percent safe and effective. That is true; every year, a very small percentage of Americans, both young and old, experience serious reactions to vaccines. According to a report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information published in 2015, the rate of death of those who received the vaccination for Smallpox was approximately 1 person per 1 million citizens inoculated. Unlike the Corona virus, the Smallpox virus targeted children. Over 500 million people, most of them young, died from this virus during the first 100 years of that Pandemic. It is against the backdrop of current inconsistent, confusing, often-contradictory and often false information, that a First Responder today must process in making their decision in regards to taking this vaccine; should they listen to those who disseminate dis-information regarding this virus; or, should they consult their colleagues whom have already taken the vaccine, most of whom will report little or no side effects? Their decisions can literally come down to a matter of life or death; their own. * J. R. de Szigethy has earned a Degree in Health Education from the University of Houston, and has been fully vaccinated against the Corona virus, with no side effects.