We’ve all been told the vaccines will save us from COVID.
Praise the Lord and pass the vaccine, and all of that.
But news coming out of Washington state is not so reassuring, after 102 people who were fully vaccinated caught the virus. From this number, eight were hospitalized and two died.
Obviously this is worrying news for those of us who had believed health authorities that the vaccines protect you from COVID, since that’s kind of what they were supposedly designed to do.
Even though 102 people is only .01% of those who have been vaccinated in Washington state, it’s still more than enough to get people wondering what exactly is going on right now with these vaccines and with how effective they are.
How Did This Happen?
Washington State’s Department of Health says they are looking into the situation and particularly the two cases that were fatal. At this point the only specific information is that both of the deaths were in elderly folks who already had other health problems as well.
It’s interesting how public health authorities make sure to mention that someone who died from COVID had other health problems when they are defending the vaccine, but when talking about how dangerous COVID is they rarely explain that it almost always kills those with other serious health issues.
Agenda, agenda on the wall…
Anyway, getting back to the situation in Washington.
The Department of Health says that the cases where people got sick despite getting the vaccine doses just shows that even if you get a vaccine you should still follow…all the rules and restrictions you followed before…getting the vaccine.
Makes sense, right?
“Finding evidence of vaccine breakthrough cases reminds us that, even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to wear a mask, practice socially distancing, and wash your hands to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others who have not been vaccinated,” said Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah.
102 “break through” cases. 8 hospitalized. 2 died.
The article is important because ppl still need to mask up & it’s important to know that hospitalization & death are still possible even after fully vaccinated.
— bloomswest (@Bloomswest) March 31, 2021
How Effective are the Vaccines?
The efficacy of COVID vaccines varies, and some like Astra Zeneca have been banned in many countries due to being blamed for multiple fatal reactions.
However, most studies have found that the COVID-19 vaccines on the US market from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna stop you from getting COVID by up to 95%. This leaves a massive amount of people who could still get COVID and die, but of course the authorities are saying that this is no problem.
“It is important to remember that every vaccine on the market right now prevents severe disease and death in most cases. People should still get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, and encourage friends, loved ones, and co-workers to do the same,” said Shah.
The current origins of COVID-19 are being investigated but there’s a significant chance it may have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory according to former CDC director Robert Redfield.
Over 30 million Americans have gotten COVID since the pandemic started and 550,000 have died from it, the majority also having another serious underlying health problem.
Washington has recorded 363,235 cases of COVID and 5,237 deaths and is currently at a vaccination rate of around 16%.
The news that a significant number of people still get sick despite getting the shot and that some even die is not exactly reassuring, although on a numerical level it still shows that the vaccines appear to mostly be effective.
Nonetheless, health officials need to start treating people like adults and stop speaking to them like they are idiots: sometimes the vaccines don’t work, and some vaccines have had negative reactions. Let’s at least be honest if we want to encourage vaccination.