By Alexander Zubatov
The case for mandates was shaky from the get-go. Forcing one and all to douse themselves with rushed-out vaccines with universally acknowledged higher-than-usual side effect rates was always a questionable choice. The failure to account for natural immunity — providing significantly better protection than vaccines against earlier Covid variants and taken into account in comparable mandates throughout the E.U., in the U.K. and in Israel — was a glaring instance of authoritarian partisan politicians running out ahead of the science in their eagerness to find comfort in demonizing the unvaccinated for a virus that has spread easily in both low-vaccine nations and highly vaccinated nations such as Israel and Germany. But we have reached the point now where we have no more reason to keep grinding that axe: we have clearly arrived at a juncture when even the tenuous case for vaccine mandates, such as it was, has completely and utterly collapsed.
This is — or should be — simple enough. Whatever protection they may still offer against the risk of serious illness and death, existing vaccines provide hardly any protection against catching the new Omicron variant and infecting others. As a new large study co-authored by 23 scientists at Columbia University and the University of Hong Kong spells out, the Omicron variant is “markedly resistant” to the widely used vaccines and boosters. Moreover, boosters appear to lose whatever additional efficacy they may have against Omicron within a mere 10 weeks. Unless governments were to engage in the utter madness of mandating not only boosters but boosters after boosters after boosters every few months, vaccines mandates would be accomplishing little more than sorting the population into an arbitrarily favored in-group and disfavored out-group. Each additional booster, moreover, would be likely to multiply the risk of side effects (note, in this connection, that contrary to what you may have heard from self-appointed “fact-checkers,” vaccine side effects are routinely under-reported rather than exaggerated), especially if different vaccine types are mixed, as a Lancet study reported.
Two additional facts make this still more of an open-and-shut case. First, there is the fact that Omicron is significantly less severe than the prior Covid strains it is rapidly displacing, such that forcing people to vaccinate themselves against it is a more dubious proposition. And second is the fact that Omicron is rapidly tearing its way through the population. For example, one in 60 residents of Manhattan — closing in on 2% — got sick with Omicron within just the one week ending on December 24th, with the actual number of undocumented cases very likely to be very significantly higher, of course. It is clear that by the time the Omicron wave is done — a conclusion that should come in a matter of weeks, not months, if South Africa’s experience is any guide — a very substantial proportion of the population will have had it. Those people do not need to be vaccinated against something they have already had, while the risk of side effects from vaccines doubles for those who were previously infected with Covid.
Notably, the argument that vaccines and/or boosters, while not preventing us from catching Covid and getting others sick, may still protect the vaccinated themselves against the risk of severe illness and death is a red herring when it comes to mandates. Mandates are justified by their reputed social benefit, i.e., protecting others from infection, not by any benefit to the vaccinated individual. We routinely allow people to do all sorts of stupid things that massively increase their own risk of severe illness and mortality from all causes, Covid included — eating their way into diabetes, heart disease and every other malady, to name the most obvious example — and we do not tolerate even modest attempts to combat these obvious pathologies, such as former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s judicially derailed attempt to ban super-sized soft drinks. Our societal elites go so far as to rail against what they absurdly call “fat-shaming,” while popular magazines, even fitness magazines, plaster images of grotesquely obese women on their covers while telling us — talk about “fake news” — that “it’s healthy” to be obese. Needless to say, the temporary blip of Covid pales in comparison to the ongoing toll of preventable disease and death wrought by the ongoing and ever-increasing obesity epidemic. If we, in the name of preserving the domain of individual freedom to make dumb, self-destructive decisions, cannot impose mandates of even the most basic sort to combat obesity, we cannot justify Covid vaccine mandates if the benefit of such vaccines is merely to protect individuals from becoming more severely ill than they otherwise would get.
There is absolutely no reason to get a jab or multiple boosters. Omicron is natures vaccine
Who can imagine something more obscene that forcing people to take a vaccine that not only won’t help them but could harm them. But, that’s the genius of this regime that cares NOTHING about the well-being of the public. The percentage of the population that loves watching people forced to do things against their will and, therefore, votes for this kind of shit is shrinking. Those being harmed and oppressed by those who lean towards fascism is growing.
I consider a vaccination that makes hospitalization or death much less likely to be helpful. If you think it doesn’t do that, you’re ignoring what all of the data is saying.
The strange thing is that people who think otherwise don’t just make a decision not to be vaccinated themselves; they organize and campaign to convince others to do the same, and pretend they’re defending personal freedom.
And greggie, where is this fact found? Well, since there has been only opinions and not statistical data produced, then you again prove you are indeed the village idiot!
Are you REALLY so obtuse that you don’t see the gobsmacking magnitude of your leftist projection in that comment?
If the experimental use authorization genetically modified mRNA and adenoviral vector shots that are being mischaracterized as ‘vaccines’ actually worked to protect against the original and the variants of the Wuhan coronavirus, then you should have NOTHING to complain about those of us who are unwilling to have an experimental medical injection – for which Pfizer, Moderna/Aztra Zeneca, and J&J were given complete legal immunity against side effect lawsuits – forced upon us in violation of the Nuremberg Code.
Furthermore, if these shots mischaracterized as ‘vaccines’ do work to protect those who take the shots, then you should be happy that all of us free thinkers who refuse the shots will eventually die from the Wuhan Flu, and you can wallow in your smug self-perceptions, right?
first of all greggie the village idiot, no one knows how many people in the US died of COVID because the CDC required all people who died who had CIVID were to be listed as died of COVID, that included the gunshot victims, traffic deaths and so many who had other illnesses. Because of the skewed statistics, it is not possible to determine how many people who died of COVID unless all of the records were reevaluated and posted. No one is going to do that.
As far as hospitalization, when hospitals get extra funds from the FEDs for admitting a person with COVID symptoms they fill their wards. So no one really knows how many patients really needed to be admitted.
CDC also failed to differentiate those who were vaccinated who then got COVID from those who were unvaccinated and got COVID. That prevented anyone from determining the effectiveness of the MRNA from natural immunity.
There is a great deal of evidence that the MRNA is causing adverse impacts to those having those shots. Several countries where there is freedom of speech has not been restricted by a political adversary.
Your ignorance and continual support of the democrat mandates without any questions confirms your title of the village idiot.
Goody for you. Some people, under certain conditions, consider this vaccine a health risk. If they choose not to take the vaccine, it harms no one.
What is truly filthy is the glee leftists take in people losing their jobs. The same disgusting idiots that support the idiots that denounced the vaccines. They cheered THAT shit, too.
First, and this is important, the stats from South Africa do NOT easily predict how Omicron will act in the USA.
We all know younger people have an easier time with covid.
South Africa’s average age is 18.
The USA’a average age is 38.
So, unless there’s a difficult age flattening study, we have no idea how Omicron will act in older, infected Americans.
Now, that being said, the Biden Admin has an “all eggs in one basket” approach to covid, that basket being the “jab.”
Vaccine mandates really have collapsed as observant people admit that the jab does not protect anyone from covid.
Even “Clueless Alyssa Milano Admits 90% of Her Fully Vaxxed Friends Have COVID,” https://headlineusa.com/clueless-alyssa-milano-admits-90-of-her-fully-vaxxed-friends-have-covid/
The panic p0rn has lost its steam.
The facade of ignorance is collapsing very quickly. The morocic pres , the f**kwit media and his wokeless handlers are in a panic mode. The lies, and more lies perpetuated by these entities are coming to light as a magnimus FRAUD. The nice thing about free speech and the First Amendment is we now know who the idiots are.
So, have they been lying about Austin being vaccinated or are vaccinations ineffective?
He’s 68. Is he hospitalized with a life-threatening COVID infection? That might be because he’s fully vaccinated.
Greg seriously? because he’s fully vaccinated. I see no mild break through cases of polio after a vaccine. He has had 3 jabs and still got the kung flu, masked socially distanced etc etc.
R U ever going to realize the obvious?
But, how did he get it? I guess his mask had a hole in it. Hell, I guess his vaccines and boosters had a hole in it, too.
Make no mistake, I wish Austin a full and rapid recovery and don’t make light of his infection, but this just proves, again, the idiocy of mandates. But, what would anyone expect from idiots?
MTG was right but, twitter can not alow truth to be spoken…
Note that Twitter never blocked any Democrats saying the vaccines would be dangerous and they would never take one developed under Trump. Note they were allowed to lie that Trump told people “inject bleach”. Arguing that Twitter is just protecting truth is simply bullshit and anyone supporting that lie should be personally embarrassed.
A prescient quote from Harry S Truman
And now the democrat left has an unintended consequence for instituting draconian mandates. In this example, the Imperial city of Washington DC…
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Asks Residents to Begin Voluntary Rationing of Food at Grocery Stores