Over the last year, we've been told by just about every mainstream news network and political pundit that getting vaccinated will stop us from getting coronavirus. But then the message suddenly changed—now they're saying that being fully vaccinated won't prevent us from catching the virus, only from being hospitalized.
Even though the message has changed many times over the last few months, many people have chosen to get vaccinated, expecting to avoid catching coronavirus. Unfortunately, many Americans even felt coerced into getting the shot considering how many private businesses and companies made the vaccination mandatory. But there is recent data that suggests the booster shot has not been doing a good job at protecting people from catching the virus.
People Who Received Their Booster Shot Are Getting Covid More Often Than People Who Haven't
New federal data from April shows that Americans who received their booster shot were getting sick with coronavirus more often than those who were unboosted. This sounds strange considering how often we've heard the message that being fully vaccinated and boosted will decrease your risk of contracting the virus. As of April 23, boosted Americans were getting sick with coronavirus twice as much as people who weren't boosted.
Health organizations and news outlets are desperate to make people believe that the increased infection rate actually isn't related to the booster at all. CBS News reports that this data reflects a growing complexity of understanding the efficacy of vaccines, whatever that means.
Boosted Americans were getting sick with coronavirus twice as much as people who weren't boosted.
A professor of immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College, John Moore, told CBS News that "we're seeing an increased number of mild infections," the type of infections that people have to take off work for but they're "not the end of the world."
"And that's because these Omicron variants are able to break through antibody protection and cause these mild infections," he said. "So, one of the dynamics here is that people feel, after vaccination and boosting, that they're more protected than they actually are, so they increase their risks. That, I think, is the major driver of these statistics."
In other words, he's saying that people who are fully boosted are getting sick because they're not taking enough safety precautions, like wearing a mask. If that's the case, what's even the point of the vaccine and booster in the first place?