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Before I begin, I am not against vaccines. I feel that any and all medical decisions should be between you and your doctor and no one outside of that relationship should mandate what happens to your body. There, I said it.
On May 11, 2021, Dr. Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor of the Covid-19 Response Team, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and Peter Marks, Director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research testify on efforts to combat Covid-19. During the hearing, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) posed the following question, “What percentage of employees in your institute, center or agency of your employees have been vaccinated?” (Presumably, the answer would be 100% since these are leading health organizations with global influence.)
Fauci said a little more than half but admitted to that being speculative. Dr. Peter Marks, Director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research said that he did not know for certain either. His best guess was that it was in line with what Fauci supposed. The head of the CDC – Walensky, did not know because the federal government did not require her to know.
Senator Burr retorted how ironic it was that they could not confidently relate what percentage of their staff was vaccinated although major decisions were being made based on their recommendations. Click here to see the exchange yourself, courtesy of C-Span.
The guess that little more than half of their staff was vaccinated was very much in line with a CBS News report made a couple of months prior to the aforementioned testimony. I quote…
Only 52% of all frontline health care workers say they have received even a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post.
That leaves 48% of health care workers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, including doctors, nurses, housekeepers and home health aides, entirely unprotected against and vulnerable to the virus.
At the time of the report, the reasons behind the vaccine hesitancy was vaccine newness and potential side effects. Flash forward six months later and the covid landscape is only slightly different with a new variant (that some say is a re-branding of the common cold) and new theories like it is mathematically impossible for vaccines to eliminate Covid. That being said, there is still the constant of vaccine hesitancy; not only by Americans in general but by healthcare workers specifically.
If healthcare workers do not want to get vaccinated for Covid-19, what are the consequences? Consider this headline.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. The mandating of vaccines is not only causing shortages of talent but it is also discouraging future healthcare workers as well. Vaccine mandates are having long-term and significant consequences. Check out the comments in this tweet and the replies in the Twitter thread that follow.
I do not know why the vaccine hesitancy is as it is among healthcare workers today. Based on comments found online (and this is not scientific research on any level) there is concern over how many vaccinated people are getting sick and how competing covid policies don’t make much difference in the long run.
There is also the notion that with all the variants springing up after the vaccine was introduced, existing vaccines are nullified. Why? How can you match a vaccine to a virus with so many mutations?
And if you do get the vaccine, how long will it be effective? How many boosters will you possibly need? Check out this quote from The Epoch Times.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that three new COVID-19 studies show that the efficacy of the vaccines has dropped among individuals who received their shots early on in the pandemic.
Citing three studies that were released by the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Walensky said on Aug. 18 that the vaccines’ efficacy decreases over time in preventing infection. Although protection against death and hospitalization is “holding up well,” the COVID-19 vaccines’ effectiveness is “waning” in even preventing severe illness or death, she said.
“Even though our vaccines are currently working well to prevent hospitalizations, we are seeing concerning evidence of waning vaccine effectiveness over time and against the Delta variant,” Walensky said during a news conference in explaining why federal officials are now recommending that booster shots be given to Americans eight months after they’ve been vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna shots.
The two vaccines, the most widely used in the United States, were pegged at 95 percent and 94.1 percent effective, respectively, when granted emergency use authorization in December 2020.
But the efficacy against infection has plummeted to 53.1 percent for both vaccines, one of the new studies found.
There is a lot of vaccine hesitancy in the healthcare industry. These are people who “follow the science” for a living. Mandating that they take the Covid-19 vaccine is causing a talent shortage in the present and creating a talent shortage for the future. The reasons why there is so much hesitancy will not get resolved any time soon.
It is a mess.
It is a BIG mess.
Fortunately, there is a very simple solution to keep this crisis from affecting you.
Don’t get sick.