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A vial containing doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.

Frederick County health officials are on the verge of offering COVID-19 booster shots but await the go-ahead from Gov. Larry Hogan.

The development comes hours after a key committee in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended boosters for those with underlying conditions, aged 65 and up or living in congregate care facilities and who were fully inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine.

By Thursday evening, however, the Frederick County Health Department hadn't received final approval. When The News-Post reached out to ask when Hogan would issue further guidance, a spokesman from the Maryland Department of Health referred to a tweet from the governor Thursday that highlighted the number of booster shots administered in the state to date.

Once Hogan issues guidance, the doses may not be universally available. Pharmacies and private businesses may still require additional time to adjust their policies and systems to accommodate the change before administering booster doses, county health spokeswoman Rissah Watkins said in an email to The News-Post.

The committee’s decision comes one day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to allow for certain groups to receive a booster shot. Those eligible, according to the administration’s website, include people who are 65 and older, people who are immunocompromised and people who work or spend time in high-risk settings -- who weren't included in the CDC committee's recommendation.

The FDA has yet to provide update on when boosters will be authorized for those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

County Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer said during a recent county Board of Health meeting that manufacturers are working to create a more effective dose, though she expected that if boosters were approved soon, they’d be the same formula as the third doses that immunocompromised people have been receiving.

Third vaccine doses have been available since August to immunocompromised people and those aged 65 and older living in congregate care facilities who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. In accordance with CDC guidance, Frederick County has offered third doses to immunocompromised people at all of its vaccination clinics since Aug. 13, Watkins said in an email.

During its recent meeting, the Board of Health -- which comprises Brookmyer, County Executive Jan Gardner and the seven members of the County Council -- appeared to take steps toward issuing a public service announcement highlighting the effectiveness of vaccines and encouraging people to wear masks in group settings and in public indoor spaces.

It’s unclear when the board will publish the announcement, Watkins said in an email.

Outbreaks at county schools, detention center

Vaccines and masks were also central themes in a press briefing Gardner held Thursday, during which she outlined the county institutions experiencing outbreaks amid the most recent wave of infections.

“Our most significant outbreak at the moment is at the detention center,” Gardner said.

The Frederick County Adult Detention Center had 18 confirmed cases among inmates and 10 among staff as of Thursday, according to Todd Wivell, spokesman for the county sheriff’s office, which oversees the detention center. The facility’s most recent outbreak began Sept. 15, Wivell said in an email.

Most recent data from Frederick County Public Schools, meanwhile, showed that 18 schools had an outbreak as of Wednesday. The website defines an outbreak as at least two confirmed cases within a two-week period among individuals who are epidemiologically linked but not household contacts.

Five of the county’s nursing homes appeared Thursday on the state’s COVID dashboard, which included facilities that had reported at least one confirmed case as of Wednesday. The facilities are removed from the page when no new cases or pending tests are reported over a 14-day period.

Gardner continued to implore unvaccinated county residents to get the jab and acknowledged those who already have.

“I do want to thank everyone who has been vaccinated,” Gardner said during the briefing. “Not only are you protecting your own health and the health of your family -- you’re protecting our entire community.”

Of the 15 COVID patients who required intensive care last week, 6 were vaccinated and one was partially vaccinated, according to a Facebook post from Frederick Health.

Most recent data from the county’s COVID dashboard showed that as of Wednesday, the county had 31 people hospitalized with COVID, including six in the ICU.

“Don’t let your guard down,” Gardner said.

The county executive said she is concerned about the recent spike in COVID infections carrying into the fall and winter flu season and overwhelming local hospitals. According to the COVID dashboard, Frederick Health Hospital’s ICU has 19 total beds.

Correction: This article has been updated. Six of the county's 15 COVID patients who required intensive care last week were vaccinated, not unvaccinated, as previously stated.

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(32) comments

barrykissin

OK, Gabe and threecents, I am Agent Mulder and you are the Fort Detrick boys, fair enough?

Since our collegial conversation here is so wide-ranging, pray tell me what you know and believe about the case against Bruce Ivins. If anyone else is listening to this, Bruce Ivins is the former Fort Detrick scientist who the DOJ and FBI decided was responsible, all by himself, of perpetrating the anthrax attacks of 2001. Did Bruce Ivins have access to the technology and equipment necessary to grow the trillions of spores contained in the seven anthrax letters? (Hint: Bruce did not even have access to a fermenter. Whatever anthrax he grew was in shaker flasks.) Did Bruce Ivins have access to the technology and equipment necessary to refine the anthrax, specifically in the two letters sent to the Senators? (Hint: When Senator Daschle's aide opened one of the anthrax letters in an office on the sixth floor of the Hart Senate Office Building, about one-half gram of anthrax powder floated out like a gas. Decontamination of the Hart Building (a square block, six stories tall) closed the building for three months and cost $42 million. The technology involved is an extremely advanced weaponization technology requiring special kinds of equipment.)

And you Fort Detrick boys, please don't start making noise about my use of the word "weaponization." On Sept. 4, 2001, two weeks before the first letters were sent, the N.Y. Times put on its front page the exposure of anthrax weaponization projects being conducted by the CIA and DIA.

So, please just answer my questions: 1.) You are the Fort Detrick boys, fair enough? 2.) What do you know and believe about the case against Bruce Ivins? Did Bruce Ivins have access to the technology and equipment necessary to grow the trillions of spores contained in the seven anthrax letters? Did Bruce Ivins have access to the technology and equipment necessary to refine the anthrax, specifically in the two letters sent to the Senators?

gabrielshorn2013

I guess you realized you’ve been exposed as a charlatan for your foolishness about the virus and vaccines, and are seeking to change the subject. LOL, Ft. Detrick? You do realize that the I-270 corridor in MD is the third largest biomedical concentration in the country, behind California and the Boston area, don’t you? I haven’t visited the base decades. But OK, let’s go with that. You’re Agent Mulder. As for Dr. Ivins, his case is a truly sad one, and I knew him professionally. Do I believe he was guilty? Oh heck no. He could be a little quirky at times, but he wasn’t that kind of guy. Do I believe he was the victim of another one of your BS conspiracies? Oh, hell no. The prosecutors got it wrong…very wrong, just like they got it all wrong about Steven Hatfill. Remember him? He was the original anthrax suspect, and the government hounded him mercilessly, destroying his reputation, hoping he would cave. He was innocent, would go on to prove it, and receive a multi-million dollar settlement from the FBI and DoJ. Bruce Ivins was unable to withstand that withering onslaught, and chose to commit suicide by ingesting a huge overdose of acetaminophen (Tylenol), dying of acute liver failure as a result. You are so hung up on your conspiracy theories that you don’t understand that the “weaponized” spore, as you call them, are easily manufactured by anyone with basic knowledge of microbiology, dry ice, acetone, and a vacuum pump. I will not give further details. As for the “trillions of spores”, once again basic math eludes you. A trillion (1x10^9) spores may be contained in 10 L (about 2.6 gallons) of a 1 x 10^8 Bacillus sp. broth culture. One does not need huge volumes, and high tech equipment. Are you now going to claim htat it was a CIA false flag operation, like your fellow conspiracy theorists there, Agent Mulder? You watch too many movies. This kind of crap may be sport to you “sport”, and if you stuck to Martians and Area 51, it would be harmless. BTW, regarding the security surrounding Area 51. Have you tried to gain unauthorized access to areas 1-50? Unfortunately, there is a segment of the population that swallows that nonsense hook, line and sinker…and will die or transmit the disease to someone else that will die.

gabrielshorn2013

My mistake. One trillion should be written as 1x10^12 in scientific notation.

barrykissin

One of the Fort Detrick boys decides to surface. First he accuses me of changing the subject. All you have to do is read the on-line comments below. Gabe and 3cents went from 8 of 15 in ICU are fully vaccinated to ivermectin. But then he wants to pretend to be an anthrax attacks expert.

According to Gabe: “As for the ‘trillions of spores’, once again basic math eludes you. A trillion (1x10^9) spores may be contained in 10 L (about 2.6 gallons) of a 1 x 10^8 Bacillus sp. broth culture. One does not need huge volumes, and high tech equipment.”

From the Frederick News-Post, July 29, 2013: “At USAMRIID, Gerard Andrews, Jeffrey Adamovicz and Henry Heine all worked with Ivins. USAMRIID did not have the equipment necessary to dry the amount of spores contained in the letters, said Heine, who was a friend of Ivins. Heine estimated it would have taken Ivins months to grow the volume that was sent. The quantity used in the mailings would have translated to about 30 gallons of anthrax culture, Heine said. USAMRIID didn’t have a fermenter that could have handled that amount, and the one the lab did have was broken, he said. ‘The only thing Bruce had available was shake flasks of which he could do a couple liters at a time,’ Heine said.” FRONTLINE JULY 2011: “’Without a fermenter, it would have taken Ivins ‘30 to 50 weeks of continuous labor’ to brew spores for the letters, said Henry Heine, a former fellow Fort Detrick microbiologist who’s now with the University of Florida.”

So who is telling the truth and who is lying, Dr. Harry Heine or this blowhard who calls himself gabrielshorn2013?

Another gem from Gabe’s latest: “You don’t understand that the ‘weaponized’ spore, as you call them, are easily manufactured by anyone with basic knowledge of microbiology, dry ice, acetone, and a vacuum pump. I will not give further details.” In other words, Gabe knows how to “weaponize” anthrax, no problem, but you know, heh-heh, that has to be kept secret.

From the Baltimore Sun, Dec. 12, 2001: “For nearly a decade, U.S. Army scientists at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah have made small quantities of weapons-grade anthrax that is virtually identical to the powdery spores used in the mail attacks that have killed five people, government sources say . . . Anthrax is also grown at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick . . . [b]ut that medical program uses a wet aerosol fog of anthrax rather than the dry powder used in the attacks . . . Dugway's production of weapons-grade anthrax has never before been publicly revealed … Scientists estimate that the letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle originally contained about 2 grams of anthrax, about one-sixteenth of an ounce, or the weight of a dime. But its extraordinary concentration - in the range of 1 trillion spores per gram - meant that the letter could have contained 200 million times the average dose necessary to kill a person. Dugway's weapons-grade anthrax has been milled to achieve a similar concentration, according to one person familiar with the program. The concentration exceeds that of weapons anthrax produced by the old U.S. offensive program or the Soviet biowarfare program, according to Dr. Richard O. Spertzel, who worked at Detrick for 18 years and later served as a United Nations bioweapons inspector in Iraq … [M]any bioterrorism experts argue that the quality of the mailed anthrax is such that it could have been produced only in a weapons program.”

So who is telling the truth and who is lying, Dr. Richard Spertzel and the Baltimore Sun or this blowhard who calls himself gabrielshorn2013?

Gabe’s combination of condescension (and all his LOLs) with willful ignorance are ugly to behold.

barrykissin

The anonymous gadflies, threecents and gabrielshorn2013, invariably personally attack me in these discussions. See threecents at 5:33 pm and gabe at 2:37pm. They practically never supply references for their scattershot attacks. Today, they resort to changing the subject to the issue of ivermectin. Gabe tells us that ivermectin is nothing but a dewormer for goats. Threecents believes the FDA’s baseless portrayal of ivermectin as the cause of serious adverse reactions to humans. On July 28, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed titled “Why Is the FDA Attacking a Safe, Effective Drug? Ivermectin is a promising Covid treatment and prophylaxis, but the agency is denigrating it.” Here are excerpts: “The Food and Drug Administration claims to follow the science. So why is it attacking ivermectin, a medication it certified in 1996?

“Earlier this year the agency put out a special warning that 'you should not use ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.' The FDA’s statement included words and phrases such as ‘serious harm,’ ‘hospitalized,’ ‘dangerous,’ ‘very dangerous,’ ‘seizures,’ ‘coma and even death’ and ‘highly toxic.’ Any reader would think the FDA was warning against poison pills. In fact, the drug is FDA-approved as a safe and effective antiparasitic.

“Ivermectin is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines ... A group of 10 doctors who call themselves the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance have said ivermectin is ‘one of the safest, low-cost, and widely available drugs in the history of medicine.’

"Ivermectin fights 21 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the cause of Covid-19. A single dose reduced the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in cells by 99.8% in 24 hours and 99.98% in 48 hours, according to a June 2020 study published in the journal Antiviral Research.

"Moreover, the drug can help prevent Covid-19. One 2020 article in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications looked at what happened after the drug was given to family members of confirmed Covid-19 patients. Less than 8% became infected, versus 58.4% of those untreated.”

This op-ed avoids spelling out the answer to why the FDA is so unscientifically attacking ivermectin. The reason is not difficult to discern. Use of ivermectin as prophylaxis and treatment would undermine our slavish reliance upon the hugely profitable, unsafe, and nowadays-looking ineffective COVID vaccines which have been steadily championed by the FDA (except for its recent hesitation to embrace boosters).

Here is some information from India about the successful use of ivermectin. Uttar Pradesh has fully recovered from COVID despite the fact that only 5.8% of its population has been fully vaccinated.

From the Indian Express:

“Uttar Pradesh was the first state in the country to introduce large-scale prophylactic and therapeutic use of Ivermectin. In May-June 2020, a team at Agra, led by Dr. Anshul Pareek, administered Ivermectin to all RRT team members in the district on an experimental basis. It was observed that none of them developed Covid-19 despite being in daily contact with patients who had tested positive for the virus, Uttar Pradesh State Surveillance Officer Vikssendu Agrawal said.

He added that based on the findings from Agra, the state government sanctioned the use of Ivermectin as a prophylactic for all the contacts of Covid patients and later cleared the administration of therapeutic doses for the treatment of such patients.

Claiming that timely introduction of Ivermectin since the first wave has helped the state maintain a relatively low positivity rate despite its high population density, he said, ‘Despite being the state with the largest population base and a high population density, we have maintained a relatively low positivity rate and cases per million of population.’” HTTPS://WWW.GLOBALRESEARCH.CA/INDIA-STATE-241-MILLION-PEOPLE-DECLARED-COVID-FREE-GOVERNMENT-PROMOTES-IVERMECTIN/5756267

I have previously pointed out to threecents and gabe that there is a group of doctors right here in Frederick County that has been successfully treating COVID with ivermectin quietly – quietly because of concern about violating vaccine orthodoxy. Jan Gardner and Barbara Brookmyer know about this.

threecents

LoL. That must be the first time Gabe was criticized for not supplying references. What we are saying is well-established - not from articles that were retracted because the information was faked - which is what happened with the ivermectin reports.

threecents

Maybe Barry's right, and there isn't enough known about the vaccine side effects. After all, only about 3.5 billion people have been vaccinated for Covid.

gabrielshorn2013

Agent Mulder, all I can say is cobbler, stick to your last. Three and I have the credentials. You, counselor, do not. If you wish to discuss this subject intelligently, take a few virology and immunology classes, and learn to read scientific literature in peer-reviewed scientific journals. If what you claim was true, it would be making worldwide headlines, and be published in every prestigious medical journal as a cost effective treatment. The only place it is published is in alternate facts QAnon websites. Oh, that's right. I forgot. It's a conspiracy among the illuminati and the scientific community. Keep looking Agent Mulder, you and Agent Scully will find the truth. It's out there!

threecents

As an analogy Barry, say you were watching basketball on TV and thought you understood the game as well as people who have been playing it professionally for decades after studying the game in college and graduate school.

gabrielshorn2013

Apparently Mr. Kissin does not read his own references:

Mr. Henderson, a research fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, was senior health economist with President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. Mr. Hooper is president of Objective Insights, a firm that consults with pharmaceutical clients.

Correction

This article has been edited to remove a reference to a study of 200 healthcare workers by Ahmed Elgazzar of Benha University in Egypt. Messrs. Henderson and Hooper relied on a summary of studies published in the American Journal of Therapeutics. They learned after publication that this study has been retracted because of charges of data manipulation.

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/fda-ivermectin-covid-19-coronavirus-masks-anti-science-11627482393

Neither of the authors in the opinion piece (not a WSJ article as claimed) have an MD or PhD, or ANY medical background other than being policy wonks. Hooper is an engineer and a marketer. Henderson is an economist. Furthermore, being effective in cell culture is a far cry from being effective in vivo</>.

How's that for a reference Agent Mulder?

gabrielshorn2013

Finally, just for S&G, I looked up another of Agent Mulder's references above, www.globalresearch.ca, and of course it is founded by Canadian conspiracy theorist

Michel Chossudovsky. The listing states:

The Centre for Research on Globalization promotes conspiracy theories and falsehoods.[27] It has reported that the September 11 attacks were a false flag attack planned by the CIA,[1] that the United States and its allies fund al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and that sarin gas was not used in the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, which globalresearch.ca articles characterized as a false flag operation orchestrated by terrorists opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.[13][21]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Chossudovsky#Centre_for_Research_on_Globalization

How's this reference Agent Mulder? Do you NOT value your reputation?

barrykissin

"Of the 15 COVID patients who required intensive care last week, six were unvaccinated, and one was partially vaccinated, according to a Facebook post from Frederick Health." I am glad I am not the only one to notice this. IMPORTANT QUESTION: WHY didn't this sentence read "Of the 15 COVID patients who required intensive care last week, eight were fully vaccinated"?? The chosen wording amounts to pure manipulation. WHY? In today's FNP we have another article that repeats the same canned theme: "All three of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the U.S. are still highly protective against severe illness, hospitalization and death, even amid the spread of the extra-contagious delta variant." And: "CDC data shows the vaccines still offer strong protection against serious illness for all ages ..." HOW can it be said (ad nauseum) that the vaccines are "highly protective against severe illness and hospitalization" when 8 of 15 in our local hospital's ICU are fully vaccinated? How many of our so-called COVID deaths are fully vaccinated? We find daily measures in our local newspaper of COVID cases and of those vaccinated but NEVER anything about adverse reactions to the vaccines. WHY?

NewMarketParent

@barrykissin

Are you freakin' kidding me?

This is a highly contagious pandemic. People are still getting sick because the vaccine is not a miracle. It is an attempt to make your body attack the virus before you get seriously ill. It was created before there were even more dangerous, contagious variants around.

Stop treating it like it has to be a miracle or else. You should be ashamed of yourself for picking the antivax hill to die on.

gabrielshorn2013

You're wasting your breath trying to convince Barry "Agent Mulder" Kissin of anything NMP. The truth is out there, and he and Agent Scully are gonna find it! He expects everything to be an absolute 100% success, or else it is an absolute 100% failure. Binary thinking. Fact is, NO vaccine offers a 100% guarantee of protection.

Not smallpox, not measles, not polio, not flu, not any other. The data on the current CoViD-19 vaccines clearly show that the vaccine is highly protective of the overall population when comparing the morbidity and mortality of the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. He would rather use the dewormer that I give my goats several times a year. He never did present his "scientific review" of his "unimpeachable references" for the use of ivermectin to treat CoViD-19 (BTW, many of thee were bogus, or recanted by their publications for fraud, but he won't admit it). The amazing thing is that this guy is a lawyer. Would you ever hire him as a lawyer, seeing the kind of cr@p he writes? Not me.

NewMarketParent

@gabrielshorn2013

My response is not for him, but for the other people who think they can spew BS with impunity. It is reprehensible for people to purposely try to contort data that may cause those with a low scientific understanding harm. That account and Reader should be banned.

threecents

Gabe[thumbup]

threecents

Barry, I have read and heard plenty about adverse reactions to the vaccines. How could you have missed it? For instance I read that potential adverse reactions are why they are not yet given to young children. What about adverse reactions to ivermectin. Have your flat earth groups been keeping track of them?

Dwasserba

“Of the 15 COVID patients who required intensive care last week, 6 were unvaccinated and one was partially vaccinated….”!! Please continue to be cautious if fully vaccinated!

MD1756

Please stay home if not fully vaccinated and you don't have a medical reason for not getting vaccinated. My father was fully vaccinated and went into a hospital in NC for a bad urinary tract infection and while there he tested positive for Covid (all of his tests in August were negative prior to entering the hospital and his test upon admittance to the hospital was negative). Before being discharged he was tested again and tested positive and had to stay in the hospital another 10 days. During that time he developed a serious bedsore for which he is now being treated back in the nursing home. When I talked to the hospital they confirmed that some unvaccinated staff had been responsible for his care.

Reader

So, there were MORE vaccinated people in the ICU for COVID than unvaccinated, according to the statistics quoted in this article? How can Ms. Gardner use these numbers to incentivize vaccination? It seems like vaccination puts people at higher risk? Or at the very least doesn't make any difference?

MD1756

You drawing an improper conclusion without all of the data. While your conclusion is possible, just as it it possible I will be struck by lightning today, the more likely explanation is that those others needing ICU have underlying health issues/old age that make them a higher risk. It is also quite possible that some of those may have died before even being taken to the hospital had they not been vaccinated. Just compare the numbers in states with high vaccination rates and those with low rates. There should be no question at this point that the vaccine is largely effective. No vaccine is 100% effective. The only ones who deny that the vaccine works are of questionable intelligence who won't be convinced otherwise.

Reader

There is clearly a question according to the data that was supplied by the hospital itself. If the vaccine were as effective as advertised, there would be NO vaccinated patients in the ICU, because while the vaccine can't prevent one from getting COVID, it is supposed to be extremely effective at preventing hospitalization and death due to COVID. This is not borne out by the data presented. We should not be ignoring this or looking at alternative data. These numbers are valid, what we should be questioning is why? I am a scientist (yes, the kind with a PhD, who does medical research). Our job is to follow the data to reach conclusions, not decide what the conclusion is and search for data to support it.

NewMarketParent

@Reader

The conclusion you seem to make is horrible and I seriously doubt your claimed credentials.

If you really want a good dataset as a good scientist would, you would get a large dataset and not the small Maryland County Hospital to provide you a good amount of data.

The fact that you jumped on this to try to make a point tells me all I need to know about your claimed scientist credentials.

MD1756

I didn't say there wasn't a question about the data. I am however suggesting one look at the logical potential answers to those questions and I'd lay odds that those were older or otherwise high risk patients that went to the ICU. Again the fact that they went to the ICU doesn't represent failure if their lives were saved so their condition did not deteriorate to the point where even the ICU wouldn't hep them. As you should know, that preventative measure is hard to prove, but again look at what is happening in states with high vaccination versus low vaccination. If you do that as I already suggested, you shouldn't have needed your follow-up comment.

BornToHula2

Of the 12 and up population in Frederick Co, 77% is fully vaccinated. So 7 out of the 15 come from 23% of the population.... (if someone under 12 is among the 15, the numbers shift but still clear that the non-fully vaccinated population is far more likely to be hospitalized. Plenty of factors at play here but it does not seem at all like vaccination puts people at higher risk.

NewMarketParent

@Reader

Where could you possibly have gotten to this conclusion?

All of the data says that infection is possible with vaccination. The difference is that the unvaccinated have incredibly worse outcomes than the unvaccinated.

Use the seatbelt analogy if you will.

In this scenario, the seatbelt is analogous to a vaccine. If you are in a car accident, you may still go to the hospital, but you typically fair way better if you are wearing a seatbelt.

If you get vaccinated, because this virus is so ridiculously contagious, there is still a good chance you will get infected because math. But, when you get infected, there is a higher chance that you will:

1. Not infect others

2. Not die

3. Stay out of the hospital

4. Not die

5. Not require an ICU bed

6. Not die

Reader

The fact is that the data quoted in this article states that there are more vaccinated than unvaccinated in the Frederick Health ICU. Why is that the case?

threecents

Good question.

threecents

Maybe time for a new vaccine?

NewMarketParent

@Reader

The vaccine was developed before the variants were even known of. They seem to provide protection, but not as much as with the original strain. The big push for getting the vaccine was/is to protect us and not give the vaccine a stable population to trigger a virus mutation (variant).

Even if you end up in the ICU with COVID, the math says that you probably won't die. That said, this is a pandemic and vaccines have never, ever, ever been 100%. You should practice defense in depth and use multiple layers of defense:

1. Socially distance

2. Wear a mask

3. Keep up with your vaccine and any boosters we will need in the future

The 3 of these things if used together will protect you way more than any of these things alone.

threecents

Reader, Please do the math again. Here is the quote from the article: "Of the 15 COVID patients who required intensive care last week, six were unvaccinated, and one was partially vaccinated."

threecents

Oops, nevermind.[crying]

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