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Those who wish to get vaccinated for Covid-19, and whose physicians have recommended it's a good idea for them, should get vaccinated.
However, the hard push for vaccination and vaccine passports is puzzling when one looks at accepted science.
We now know that Covid-19 vaccines do not prevent Covid-19 infection. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also acknowledges that vaccination does not prevent spread of Covid. The agency concluded that "viral load" -- an indication of how infectious a patient may be -- is "about the same" in infected vaccinated and infected unvaccinated patients.
As Israel announces effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine appears to be down to 39%, and U.S. vaccine makers are suggesting a booster just months after people got their double shots, the push to get more people vaccinated and show proof of vaccination has grown stronger.
The only sure thing a vaccine "passport" or verification proves is that somebody complied with advice or mandates. It does not guarantee that the person has any level of immunity. The person could be infected with Covid-19, and could be spreading it to others.
- Covid-19 Natural Immunity: The Definitive Summary
- Covid-19 Vaccine Concerns Summary
- Covid-19 Vaccine Analysis: Common Adverse Events
- Covid-19 Origins: Separating Rumor from Fact (WATCH)
- Report a Possible Vaccine Adverse Event
Meantime, absent from much public discussion is the broader and longer lasting immunity scientists believe is enjoyed by the 120 million+ Americans who have recovered with Covid (or been infected without showing any symptoms). This group, according to the bulk of scientific data, generally has better protection than the group of vaccinated patients, particularly among the vaccinated for whom the vaccines are no longer proving as effective as the early months after the shots.
What do you think is behind the push to require vaccination and passports, and ignore natural immunity?
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