“Here I am recovering by finally getting out of here tomorrow … Will I get a vaccine? No, because there are too many problems with these vaccines,” Scott Rowe, a man who was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, told CBS News.
When asked if she would have taken the vaccine before becoming infected if she could have avoided her situation, Roe said no. “Don’t put it down my throat,” Rowe said, talking about the vaccine. “That is what the local, state and federal administration were trying to do.”
“What are they pushing, science?” the reporter asked.
“No, they are insisting on the fact that it is their agenda!” hey replied. “His agenda is to vaccinate you.”
But Rowe is not alone. Many others across the country share the same feelings about the vaccine. Myths about how the vaccine was made and you don’t need to be vaccinated because you already have COVID-19 are included in the long list of false information that is spread online and offline. The truth is, just because you’ve already been infected with COVID-19 doesn’t give you immunity from getting it again. Other myths include the vaccine that harms fertility, a myth that has no evidence and has been discredited by various doctors.
“None of our ICU patients have been vaccinated,” said Dr. Ken Lyn-Kew, pulmonologist in the department of intensive care at National Jewish Health in Denver. NBC News. While the CDC recommends that people get vaccinated regardless of whether they have been previously infected with coronavirus or not, Lyn-Kew told NBC News that many patients choose not to get vaccinated due to a prior illness, whether or not they ever get it. have been tested for COVID-19 or not. “They thought they were sick from COVID, but they weren’t. And they have the mentality of ‘Oh, I don’t need to get vaccinated for that,'” Lyn-Kew said. “They are gravely wrong.”
Republican and Republican officials haven’t done much to combat these problems. Despite calls for individuals and officials to combat the spread of misinformation and promote vaccines, many Republican officials have encouraged and spread the same conspiracy theories that have led to an increase in infection across the country.
Additionally, the data has found that while Democratic lawmakers in both houses of Congress have a 100% vaccination rate against COVID-19, Republicans in the House and Senate do not. For Republicans, at least 44.8% of House members are vaccinated and at least 92% of senators are, CNN reported.
Many Republicans have reinforced the myths associated with the vaccine, including fears of not knowing the side effects and claims that it has no benefit or provides protection against coronavirus infection.
According to CNN, both clinical and real-life trial data find that mRNA vaccines are more than 95% effective in preventing severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalizations, and death.
As multiple variants spread across the country, getting vaccinated is more important than ever. According to CNN, as of mid-July, less than 60% of eligible Americans ages 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. More than 97% of people now admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated, this includes children and young adults, many of whom were previously considered healthy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines helped reduce the average number of more than 125,000 COVID-19 patients who were arriving in early January to just over 15,000 on average this week.
Breakthrough infections are not driving this current increase, but unvaccinated people. It is a pandemic of unvaccinated people and the data supports that the vast majority of sick patients in recent months have not been vaccinated. Yes, breakthrough infections do occur in vaccinated people, but they are rare. Further, studies have found that when they do occur, the person is less likely to be fully vaccinated or immunosuppressed so that the vaccine does not work fully.