It's True. Covid Vaccines Don't Prevent us Catching Covid. That is Not What They Are Designed to Do.

Robert Turner
President Joe Biden receives Covid vaccineBI

There is an unfortunate video circulating on the internet of President Joe Biden making a statement about the Covid vaccines during a recent Town Hall appearance. In the video, he’s heard to say that the Covid vaccines will prevent you from getting covid. 

You can listen to the clip below. It's been shared all over social media with conservative elements leaping on an obvious, but unintentional flaw in Biden's statement, a flaw that relates to how the vaccines work, and a group of Texas Democrats, who fled their state to avoid voting on a restrictive voting bill.

The group of runaway Democrats was all vaccinated, but six have now been confirmed as being infected with Covid. No surprise there, unless you're a Conservative apparently. It's clear to pretty much everyone - except the fringe elements trying to make mileage out of the President’s poor choice of words - that Covid vaccines don't prevent Covid. That’s just not how they work.

What is also clear is that many Americans are still confused about how the Covid vaccines actually function. For that matter, all vaccines. For the Covid vaccines to kick in, you actually need to contract the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes Covid. 

Only once you're infected can the vaccine do its job of potentially saving your life by combatting the virus.

This is true of all vaccines. They are not magic shields capable of preventing viruses from entering our bodies. They are designed to help your body kill off the invading virus at a cellular level. Think of them as providing “Special Forces” protection for your immune system.

Most modern vaccines are so effective, we often don't even notice them doing their jobs.

 While the current Covid vaccines do not stop you from contracting Covid, they dramatically increase your odds of surviving the disease. DRAMATICALLY. In fact, recent figures released by health care systems across the country bear testament to the massive efficacy of the vaccines. 

  • During June, every person who died of COVID-19 in Maryland was unvaccinated, according to a spokesperson for the governor’s office. There were 130 people who died of COVID-19 in Maryland in June, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • In Louisiana, 97% of the state’s COVID-19 cases and deaths since February have been in unvaccinated people, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday. Between February and July, unvaccinated people in Louisiana were 20 times more likely to become infected with COVID-19, according to the state health department.
  • In Alabama, over 96% of COVID-19 deaths since April 1 were in unvaccinated people, the state health department said on July 13, for 509 deaths out of 529 total. Over 42% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
  • In Los Angeles County, nearly every COVID-19 case, hospitalization and death is in unvaccinated people, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported on July 12. Of the 1,059 new cases reported that day, nearly 87% were in people under the age of 50.
  • New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said the vaccines are “astonishingly effective” while sharing that over 98% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the city between Jan. 1 and June 15 were in people who were not fully vaccinated.

These, in a nutshell, are the only figures you ever need to worry about when it comes to Covid and getting vaccinated. If you develop a serious case of Covid and need to be hospitalized, possibly intubated and you're staring death in the face, then odds are your ticket is being punched if you haven't been vaccinated.

Remember when you’re discussing vaccination and its benefits with friends and colleagues to always stress the following. The vaccines don’t stop you from catching Covid, they stop you from getting seriously ill from the disease and they’re anywhere from 95% to 99% effective at doing that. Those are odds you cannot ignore.

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