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Be Careful What You Wish For

I am a fully vaccinated person.

I do believe the vaccines help keep people safe. To some extent anyway and at least for now.

I consider myself a realist about the whole thing. I’m not one of these vaccine extremists who live and die by the vaccine and declare that you must be vaccinated. In reality, how does anyone know how well the vaccinated people will be doing a year from now? At the rate we’re going, it’s not looking too good. Sure, the FDA is trying to rush through the “officialness” of the vaccine. Whether that will be a good thing or not, the future will only know.

If we must get political, I do not consider myself a conservative nor a liberal so we’ll leave that right there. And vaccines and facemasks are not about politics. But because so many think they are, I had to get that out.

In getting back to the vaccines, we really don’t know enough about them to definitively and confidently say that since we’ve been vaccinated we’re out of the woods. Especially with breakthrough cases happening. Although not as severe as if one were unvaccinated, vaccinated people are still getting Covid. And you can say that 99.99% of vaccinated people don’t end up in the hospital or die. And you’d be correct, although they do end up in the hospital and they do die, which is also correct. And the data on breakthrough cases is very sketchy, probably because the CDC wants it that way. And most importantly, we still don’t know how long these vaccines are effective for, although much recent data has shown that just after four months they have lost effectiveness. I personally feel that the vaccine is something that will be needed on a yearly basis. But that’s up to the CDC and the vaccine manufacturers to decide, I guess. Hopefully they’ll decide sooner than later.

Today New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that vaccinations were going to be required of people wanting to dine, use a gym or see a concert, play, sporting event or something of that nature. In other words you’re going to have to prove you’re vaccinated if you want to do any of that sort of stuff in New York City. They have dubbed it the “Key to NYC Pass”.

On the surface this sounds great for New Yorkers. At least the vaccinated ones. But then I got thinking about who this does not sound good for: restauranteurs, gym owners, venue owners and families with children too young for the vaccine. And it doesn’t even really sound that great for vaccinated people. Especially since they can carry and pass on Covid, which the CDC recently revealed. It also doesn’t sound fair to anyone who medically may not be able to be vaccinated. But maybe De Blasio doesn’t think those people would want to dine out, go to a gym or see a Broadway play. Who knows?

I can’t speak for the gyms because, unless there is a childcare center within the gym, I’m unsure of anyone bringing their child to that location. But families, at least in my area, dine out quite frequently. I would think they do so in NYC also. How about those family Broadway shows? “Christmas Spectacular” sure won’t be too spectacular if the kids can’t see it. Because they’re too young to be vaccinated.

I searched the Internet high and low for any information about allowances for children under twelve. I found only one article that mentions anything about it:

And even the small paragraph that mentions children doesn’t define anything specific, it only mentions discussing “reasonable accommodations”. Uh, no. It’s either one way or the other. If NYC is saying no unvaccinated people can do this, that or the other thing, then that must include children. Even if their parents are vaccinated and want to go out to eat with them.

It’s clear that NYC is pulling the same stunt the CDC pulled when they told all vaccinated people they could go without their masks. It’s their roundabout way to get the unvaccinated vaccinated.

The group I see getting really hurt in this are the restaurants. Unvaccinated people will still eat from these establishments. Ever hear of GrubHub? DoorDash? UberEats? Or restaurants that offer delivery directly from their establishment? But it will cause restaurants to take a hit, just like they did during the height of the first round of the pandemic. Because if there aren’t many people eating in their establishment, why pay that waitress? Or hostess/host? Or dishwasher?

Of course in everything I read about this vaccination pass business I didn’t read one mention of people needing to wear facemasks in the establishments.

I guess to De Blasio if you’re vaccinated you’re good enough.

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What Happened To Being In This Together?

The other day the CDC director declared that, because of the current rising of COVID-19 cases in the United States, the virus is “becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated”. She is very far from the truth.

The pandemic hasn’t changed. It’s always been there. It’s just changed variants. Also, the pandemic has always affected everyone. Only a year ago we were singing along to “We’re All In This Together” because we were in it together. And even then we weren’t because there were your “the virus is a hoax” people and your anti-maskers. But there were more of us than there were of them. Now with the creation of a vaccine and a mix of people either getting vaccinated or not getting vaccinated, the rise of cases in both unvaccinated and vaccinated people, the CDC and others, probably in frustration, because, hey, they actually believed everyone was going to get the vaccine, are pointing the finger at the unvaccinated.

Saying that what we are going through has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated is an unfair statement. Considering there are many people who have no choice but to not get vaccinated. Such as children under age 12. You want to blame the over 10,000 babies born every day in the United States for being unvaccinated? And don’t say infants don’t get the virus because they do. And how about the many adults who, for one reason or another, usually a medical one, have been advised to not get vaccinated. Such as this woman.

I know there are the regular people out there who could get vaccinated but won’t for their own personal reasons: it’s too new, it’s not FDA approved, it’ll magnetize me, Bill Gates will be able to watch me sleeping, whatever. That’s their choice. Just as it was the choice of many people to get vaccinated.

The problem really didn’t start with the choice of people either getting vaccinated or not. It started in May when the CDC director said that vaccinated people could go maskless. I really think it was her roundabout way to try to get the unvaccinated vaccinated. It was nice of her to have so much faith in humanity but she should’ve known better. Because what she did was give a free pass to everyone. And now, two months later, here we are with Delta cases going up and up all over the country, with no end in sight. We have an Olympics game about to start in a country that is under an emergency state due to Covid. And at this count, at least three athletes in the Olympic village have tested positive. And the games haven’t even begun yet.

In getting back to the masks for a minute, I always found it interesting how the CDC declared that masks must still be worn in a medical setting as well as on public transportation such as planes, buses, trains, taxis, etc. If they need to be worn in those settings, why shouldn’t they be worn in any setting? In essence the CDC is telling us it’s okay to go to that concert and stand in that crowded pit without a mask, mingle with the two people closest to you in that pit, but then when you get on a plane with those same two people and sit next to them, you need to wear a mask. That makes no sense.

I don’t feel this pandemic has become one just for the unvaccinated. It’s everyone’s problem. And Facebook isn’t to blame either because (1) you can block misinformation sites and (2) I know several unvaccinated people who don’t even use Facebook. I think the first blame lies with the CDC. I just think the CDC is using the unvaccinated as an excuse for their poor judgement in letting the masks go. How else do you explain so many vaccinated people getting infected? Other than maybe the vaccines aren’t as effective as we were told.