There has always been a big gap between redheads, blondes, and others. This article is not about hair color.

More fully vaccinated people end up in hospitals and die from the pandemic virus every month. Yet, it seems that nothing is reported about it – at least in the United States. For example, I recently wrote about the high percentage (around 90%) of people dying from COVID-19 in Scotland who were fully vaccinated.

Ireland & Scotland in the Same Boat! The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in Ireland accounts for the pandemic statistics. Unfortunately, like the United States CDC, the statistics are a bit biased.

Why do I use the term biased? Because they calculated percentages based on a start date of April 2021 when vaccines were introduced, and the complete protection of the coronavirus vaccine was at its highest point.

During the first couple of months after getting two shots, the risk of becoming a breakthrough statistic is around three out of 100,000 (not even a drop to be counted). After six months, the vaccine’s prevention wanes to under 50%, and the protection level is around one out of 500.

After six months, the fully vaccinated person approaches the same protection level as the unvaccinated every month that they do not get a booster shot. The booster should give you another six months of infection protection, but not enough time has elapsed to know thoroughly. Predictions based on the Omicron variant show around ten weeks of protection.

Combining the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine when it is fully effective with the levels of protection when it is less than 50% effective is disingenuous. It implies that the current effectiveness is much higher than it really is.

In Ireland, the statistics are starting to show the degradation of the COVID-19 vaccine’s infection protection. The deaths of unvaccinated people dying in Ireland in September 2021 was at nearly 60%. In October, the percentage dropped to around 45%. More fully protected (fully vaccinated) people are now dying from COVID-19.

We are told to get the booster shot as soon as possible. However, we are not told why. The gap is closing between the protection of fully vaccinated and the unvaccinated. Overseas, less than 20% of the population are unvaccinated over 50. This is the demographic most at risk of infection from the pandemic virus. 90% of Irishmen are fully vaccinated. In the Irish data above, less than 20% were unvaccinated. During most of 2021, the gap between vaccinated and unvaccinated grew substantially. Now, with the vaccine’s prevention effectiveness dropping rapidly, the gap is starting to revert to pre-vaccine days where everyone is susceptible to infection.

When you see data that includes ‘since vaccines were introduced, you should be wary because the numbers do not indicate what is happening today. The shift in protection changed in September/October 2021, and the gap is getting bigger each month. The booster shot will equalize the protection levels for a while – until you need the fourth or fifth booster shot.


Winter is upon us and will be for another couple of months. Is that a factor for most of us? Probably. But, from the point of view of becoming infected. Vaccine protection is waning, and the booster shot is barely protective against the Omicron variant after two months.

The good news is that fewer people are dying from Omicron – significantly fewer! New cases of coronavirus infection in Ireland this week have more than doubled (approaching triple) any previously recorded surge – over 17,000 yesterday. Yet, no deaths are attributable to COVID-19 this year (2022), or even in the last week of 2021. This is in stark contrast to the last surge that had dozens of daily deaths with far fewer cases of COVID-19.

Live Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin –


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