Vancouver resident Jennifer Baker discusses the breakthrough of the vaccine delusion and COVID-19 hysteria
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As we approach the two-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in our country, I think it is important to reflect on where we have been and where we are going in relation to our response to the novel coronavirus.
From that first “two weeks to slow the spread” in March of 2020, the people of Washington have endured seemingly endless rounds of lockdowns, masks, vaccines, and other mandates of draconian measures. We have shut down schools, churches, and businesses, and for many in our communities we have shut down our lives in fear of acquiring the deadly disease that is COVID-19.
The one common factor in all the statements from our governor, media, and local officials is that the measures implemented were truly based on science and data. That staying home, shutting businesses, wearing masks, etc. were effective in keeping Washington’s residents safe. Then the vaccines were approved, we were saved. Millions of people rushed to get their vaccine with the desperate hope that their lives would finally return to normal. And for months the infection rates dropped remarkably.
Then Delta arrived, this new variant spread like wildfire.
The initial explanation of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” proved to be a reasonable explanation. With a great percentage of the population freshly vaccinated the majority of the cases were indeed with those that were unvaccinated. But as the months dragged on an interesting fact began to emerge. Some of the vaccinated were coming down with COVID-19. Introduction to the term “breakthrough” was needed for the maintaining of the narrative. The number of these categories of cases eventually necessitated the CDC to change their definition of vaccines to “A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.”1
The mRNA vaccines provided an “immune response” not immunity. These “breakthrough” cases, we were told, would be minor. But the fact of the matter was the vaccine’s efficacy was showing clear signs of waning. Boosters became the focus, and this push appeared to be working. COVID-19 cases were again dropping. Then came Omicron. The next doomsday variant of this pandemic had arrived and once again we were herded into the panic room.
To be clear, Omicron is a game changer, this variant makes it clear that the vaccines are clearly not working as advertised. Unfortunately, those in control are doubling down. To them, limiting gatherings and events are still an essential tool, lockdowns are still seen as a viable tool, and unfortunately, schools are transitioning to a “hybrid” learning model again.3
So as we approach the offramp of despair, we as a people need to take ownership of our future. We need to honestly look at our past and decide if we need to revisit it. Our politicians and bureaucrats are once again trotting down the same path, using the same tools that have brought us near full circle back to the early days of the pandemic.
If they are unwilling to change course, we need to arm ourselves with the most up to date information. Here in Clark County, our Public Health Department updates the county’s data once per week. What is the data showing us? The CCPHD presents the data in a way to perpetuate the narrative. Case rates are emphasized. Each week at the top of the page total cases are updated in bold. The number of new cases posted alongside. There are graphs showing enormous spikes for the unvaccinated4. The narrative successfully defended!
But if one drills down into the data given a different picture emerges. If one looks from week to week and compares the data that CCPHD does not want you to compare, the data appears to tell a different story.
|Clark County Public Health Data||Dec. 30||Jan. 6|
|Number of new confirmed cases||1,195||2,434|
|Number of new unvaccinated cases||549 • 46%||1,037 • 43%|
|Number of new breakthrough cases||646 • 54%||1,397 • 57%|
The graph CCPHD provides gives us the impression that this is indeed a “pandemic of the unvaccinated ” but simple math paints a different picture. It appears that the majority of the people getting COVID-19 in recent weeks are vaccinated. The defense for this discrepancy I am sure lies in the simple fact that vaccination rates for Clark County currently is 67.5 percent.
Since there are more people vaccinated than not it makes sense there would be more cases from those that are vaccinated. I think it is important to stop and let this data sink in. We are told vaccines are “safe and effective” but it seems the “effective” part of that equation is not holding up. Although I do not have access to the database that CCPHD and the state are maintaining, the last two weeks of data shows a significant portion of cases are coming from people who were told six months ago that if they got vaccinated, they couldn’t get COVID-19. Since we now know that is not true, the narrative pivot to vaccines provides protection from severe outcomes is supported by the CCPHD’s graphs seen below:
Again, the graphs posted on CCPHD’s website appear to make a very compelling case that to be unvaccinated is a ginormous risk. Again, I performed simple math from the data provided on the CCPHD’s website and come up with a less clear case that the vaccines are preventing severe illness or death. As shown in the table below, over 1/3 of the patients in the hospital for COVID-19 last week were vaccinated and a statistically significant amount of the people who died last week had indeed succumbed to a disease the authorities had promised (not that long ago) immunity with vaccination.
|Clark County Public Health Data||Dec. 30||Jan. 6|
|Number of current unvaccinated cases hospitalized||44 • 81%||42 • 64%|
|Number of current vaccinated cases hospitalized||10 • 19%||24 • 36%|
|Number of unvaccinated cases who died||8 • 89%||7 • 64%|
|Number of breakthrough cases who died||1 • 11%||4 • 46%|
At this point in the pandemic, we really need to rethink our approach. No focus is given to the fact that cases and severe outcomes have disconnected from previous trends. The data available seems to signal good news, that we may be past the phase in which this disease is a significant driving factor towards death in our community.
The limited data available to the public seems to indicate this most recent surge of cases (see COVID-19 Activity graph) is not mirrored in the graphs highlighting hospitalizations and deaths. Is it safe to say that we are now in the endemic phase of this disease? Is Omicron a natural vaccine? An attenuated virus? Do we need to follow the same rules and procedures that were established almost two years ago when we were combating a much deadlier form of Sars-COV-2. I urge all of us, especially our politicians and bureaucrats, to look at the science, look at the data and be willing to change our hypothesis with the changing data. That is traditionally what scientists do.
In conclusion, I freely admit the data that I am using is incomplete. It is a brief snapshot in time. The numbers presented are extrapolated from the data available to the public, but I feel the exercise should raise questions. Possibly, and hopefully, it will inspire those in charge of our public health to look into this matter closely and see what the data truly says.