It’s no secret that the Omicron COVID-19 variant is infecting both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. In fact, Dr. Fauci himself admitted that vaccines don’t even slow contraction or communicability. So what does the science say about the risks, benefits, and alternatives to vaccines?
Scientists have known for a while now that vaccines will require updates when new variants arise. A new variant can maneuver around existing vaccine antibodies. In fact, the World Health Council conducted several studies that showed COVID-19 vaccines to be “leaky.” Natural immunity, however, is not so. 17 studies of 41 million people across 7 countries showed a reinfection rate of 4 in every 1,000 people. Poor tests are likely even inflating those numbers. Not only is reinfection extremely unlikely with natural immunity, but it’s also quite harmless. 96% of reinfections result in mild to no symptoms.
So our antibodies are very effective, but what does the vaccine achieve? First, the vaccine is effective at one thing: protecting the recipient. A Lancet study found that rates of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 were 96% lower in fully vaccinated communities than in unvaccinated. It achieves this by focusing on the spike proteins which are only one part of the COVID-19 virus. Studies show that where delta and the original strain of COVID-19 had a heavier effect on the lungs, Omicron tends to remain in the sinus passages. This is also why it is so much more contagious. Vaccines don’t stop Omicron from entering, they only help fight it once it’s arrived. By the time a booster comes out that will help prevent Omicron’s spread, studies show that almost the entire population will already have had it.
The Central Problem
Researchers typically put vaccines through long-term trials. Some vaccines even enhance the viruses they’re designed to fight, but pandemics lead doctors to understandably cut corners. A Danish study found that the Moderna vaccine made recipients 39.3% more likely to contract COVID-19. Pfizer’s was even worse at 76.5%. This means that “the science” shows you could be more likely to get sick because of your vaccine, not despite it.
So What Does This Mean?
COVID-19 vaccines make you less likely to be hospitalized or die of the disease. That being said, they may make you more likely to get it and even spread it. Studies show they can also cause heart problems and even issues with fertility. It should be your choice whether or not you’re willing to take on those risks. Government mandates of COVID-19 vaccines are inherently unethical because the individual citizen should have full responsibility and control over the risks they take especially when they only affect you. In the nation’s capital, vaccine mandates are already in place. It’s time to fight hard and ensure that our hometowns aren’t next.