‘My reason to get vaccinated is to help protect my mum and loved ones. What’s yours?’
It’s a seemingly innocuous statement posted on Facebook by our Premier, Dan Andrews, as part of the ‘There’s a Million Reasons to Get Vaccinated’ campaign. The responses to his question are varied; from virtuous (‘to do the right thing’), to pragmatic (‘so I can travel to my home country and see my parents’), to panicked (‘to ensure that my daughter has a mother! Simple.’). Thousands of Victorians pour out their reasons, convinced they are on the path to finally beating the pandemic.
Scattered throughout are those who express outrage (‘our refusal is to protect freedom!’), fury (‘to stop YOU from locking us up and to let my kids have a normal life out and about and most importantly be properly educated AT SCHOOL!!!’) and heartbreak (‘to keep my job and lose [sic] autonomy over my body and health choices – not the Australia I love’).
Whatever this vaccine is, it has clearly come to represent a myriad of things across our divided society.
Those who continue to resist are painted as the ‘unclean’. Vaccine mandates are being linked with loss of employment. Our Premier threatens an eventual ‘lock out’ from the healthcare system for those who continue to make ‘the wrong choice’, ‘for safety’s sake’, of course, because this is a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’.
But is it?
We hear this line over and over, a testament to the idea that if you repeat something enough times, it will eventually become the accepted truth.
As someone with no less than ten Chief Medical Experts at his beck and call, one would expect that our Premier would have been informed that vaccines do not, in fact, prevent transmission of the virus. This means that getting the jab to protect someone else is not at all how ‘The Science’ works. Perhaps the news of the rapidly failing efficacy of the vaccines (now reported in Israel as having fallen to 39%) hasn’t landed on the Premier’s desk yet? Maybe his advisors have been too terrified to share Editor of the British Medical Journal, Peter Doshi’s, recent damning assessment of the Pfizer vaccine data?
Unfortunately, it gets worse than that for the vaccine-hopeful. Recent studies have been trickling in with bad news. One from the New England Journal of Medicine entitled ‘Resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Highly Vaccinated Health System Workforce’ soberly concludes: ‘our data suggest that vaccine effectiveness against any symptomatic disease is considerably lower against the delta variant and may wane over time since vaccination.’ Even more damning is a recent preprint from The Lancet, which reveals that ‘viral loads of breakthrough Delta variant infection cases were 251 times higher than those of cases infected with old strains’.
Ouch. So not only does vaccination fail to effectively prevent transmission, but it might end up making a person more contagious for Covid-19? Some protection.
Even the CDC appears to be quietly admitting defeat if its recent manipulations of the definitions of ‘vaccine’ are anything to go by (the latest iteration being to remove any reference at all to the word ‘immunity’).
There’s one thing we can be sure of: whatever the vaccine offers, it certainly isn’t a guarantee of viral immunity—for Dan or his vulnerable loved ones. Handing out passports or certificates to the vaccinated are about as useful as that self-congratulatory frame around his Facebook profile picture. Just a puff of hot air.
Sadly, there are people who are holding out for that magic passport, hoping it will get us out of the pandemic. The fact is, we’re being held to ransom – bribed and manipulated into getting a shot that makes little overall difference, all in the name of ‘doing the right thing’.
Given that natural immunity is quietly being admitted to be as the most reliable source of protection against Covid-19; if the Premier really wants to help his mum and loved ones, perhaps he should instead consider furnishing them with a healthy supply of Vitamin D.
Can we predict the limits of SARS-CoV-2 variants and their phenotypic consequences? (UK Government Report): ‘An increase in morbidity and mortality would be expected even in the face of vaccination since vaccines do not provide absolute sterilising immunity: they do not fully prevent infection in most individuals.’ (p 2).