A year ago, the pandemic was expanding daily with no vaccines or other effective methods to control coronavirus spread. As a result, lockdowns were imposed along with other personal protective measures.
This week, Austria announced a nationwide lockdown for all unvaccinated people over the age of 12 starting November 15. https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/19/europe/austria-national-lockdown-intl/index.html. Additionally, they are making vaccines compulsory for all citizens starting February 1, 2022.
https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccine-effectiveness. Why isolate the unvaccinated when fully vaccinated people are primarily responsible for the new surge of COVID-19 cases? How can I say that? The unvaccinated has been fighting infection by several methods and has successfully stayed infection-free for over 18 months. In addition, the remaining unvaccinated have perfected their ability to avoid coronavirus.
Yet, the fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases) continue to rise. The CDC reports that the Pfizer vaccine (mRNA) started in January of this year with around 91% effectiveness in preventing infection. As such, fully vaccinated people are taking more risks than the unvaccinated – parties, social interactions, indoor events, etc.
The vaccine reduces the symptoms of COVID-19. When the vaccine’s ability to prevent infection degrades enough, fully vaccinated people can become infected and have no symptoms. They may infect other vulnerable, fully vaccinated people without knowing it. As a result, a surge in new asymptomatic infections can develop, and few would know.
Over time, the twenty percent of people who are not asymptomatic are reported as new cases. It is a numbers game – the more infected, the more hospitalizations, and the more deaths from COVID-19.
The link above tracks the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine since the first of 2021. The time clock starts when people complete both doses of the vaccine. Assume for a moment that you received both doses of the mRNA vaccine in January 2021. The effectiveness of the vaccine to prevent infection was measured to be 91%. By March/April, infection prevention dropped to 73%.
Two months later, the efficacy of prevention ran around 70%. By mid-summer, the vaccine’s ability to deter coronavirus dropped to 59%. Half of the vaccine’s prevention capability fell nearly 50%. We are past the middle of November, and a person fully vaccinated in January has less than a 50% chance of being protected from contracting COVID-19. The mRNA vaccine is viable for about six months, and then a booster is needed to get through the next six months. It is a never-ending battle.
Isolating the unvaccinated, as Austria is doing, will keep the unvaccinated safe from infection and allow the fully vaccinated to continue to infect other fully vaccinated people. As a result, the number of breakthrough cases will continue to escalate with higher demands on hospitals and healthcare professionals.
Forcing compulsory vaccinations might be a deterrent, but it must be done semi-annually for every citizen. Is that realistic? Over time, the number of people infected with the virus will continue to rise, and eventually, herd immunity might be a possible result.
The mRNA vaccine is not a vaccine in the historical sense. It is like a flu shot. The vaccine shot will become a six-month evolution until enough people have had the virus. Governments appear not to want to recognize the window of protection is six months. Israel is an exception to this rule.
Any person entering Israel must show proof of vaccination within the previous six months, including those previously infected with the virus. Good, bad, or indifferent, it is an effective way to control the spread of coronavirus. But, unfortunately, allowing anyone with a vaccine passport that shows a date over six months permits that person to become part of the new pool of contagious people who can walk freely through the country.
At first, I thought that the failed vaccine was a catastrophe. Why spend all the time and money trying to get everyone vaccinated when the viable life of the vaccine is six months. Every six months from now on, a person will have to get a booster shot to be protected.
However, as more asymptomatic cases grow, the population of those surviving the virus grows – hopefully to a level that herd immunity is achieved. So, it may be a blessing in disguise!
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