If you are vaccinated, you'll stop the spread of COVID. Such is one myth related to this virus. The same myth is being shared by the California government.
On COVID19.ca.gov, the state clearly lays out its message: “Keep California moving. Get vaccinated.”
How can the shots be used to facilitate movement? One approach, it appears, is to limit the spread: “Your actions save lives.… Get your booster.”
When clicking the link to “schedule your vaccination,” users are taken to MyTurn.ca.gov, which includes the following information:
“Children ages 6 months and older are now eligible for either a bivalent 3rd dose or bivalent booster of the COVID-19 vaccine. To learn more or to book an appointment, talk to your child’s healthcare provider today. Scheduling coming here soon. The 2-dose mpox vaccine is currently available for eligible patients of all ages. Book an appointment or find a walk-in clinic today.”
“COVID-19 vaccinations: Get up to date, stay up to date. Protect yourself and everyone close to you.”
This idea was first presented by President Joe Biden; at the end of the day, you cannot spread COVID if you don't have it.
It's a claim heard across the nation.
According to Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center: “Getting a COVID-19 vaccine isn’t just about you—it protects others in your life.”
And from Yale University's COVID coordinator: “Bolstering immunity with updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters adds important layers of protection for ourselves and others. In this week’s message, I will provide information on a new requirement for the updated COVID-19 vaccine booster.”
Accessed from the Mayo Clinic: “Protect yourself, others by getting vaccinated for COVID-19.”
But it's been proven that such assertions are untrue.
As stated by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Director Rochelle Walensky: “Our vaccines are working exceptionally well…. But what they can't do…is prevent transmission.”
We also recently discovered that transmission prevention wasn't examined by Pfizer. The company was required to “move at the speed of science,” so it left some steps out.
In addition, on November 23, the Washington Post ran the story “Vaccinated People Now Make Up a Majority of COVID Deaths.”
Still, this month, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha assured the public, “We know we can prevent nearly every death from COVID if people get the updated vaccines and people get treated.”
Whatever their true impact on death rates, vaccines do not prevent contraction. Also, they don't stop transmission. So, getting vaccinated will not ensure protection for “everyone”—or anyone—”close to you,” as continues to be claimed by the California government as well as a variety of other organizations.
Will vaccine skeptics ever accept the assertion that they don't “trust the science”? This is yet to be determined. However, if their skepticism is founded on the science, California may take longer than other states to see the light.