Premier sticking with 80% target on vaccine

| 29/07/2021 | 182 Comments
Cayman News Service
Premier Wayne Panton and Troy Leacock at the CITA meeting

(CNS): Premier Wayne Panton has confirmed the target of vaccinating 80% of the population against COVID-19 before the borders are open. Even though the number of people taking up the vaccine is now just a trickle, he stated that government was not prepared to revise the target at this point and that any consideration about changing that or switching to a ‘plan B’ would be made closer to the date.

Speaking at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association meeting on Thursday, Panton made it very clear that, despite the pressure from those in the sector, the PACT Government wants to see as many people in Cayman vaccinated as possible before the borders open, as health remains the priority over economics.

With just 49 people getting there first dose over the last day and 61 completing the two-dose course, there were no changes to the national rates of 67% and 70% of the population respectively just six weeks ahead of the proposed 9 September opening date.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus is still being picked up in travellers in quarantine and isolation as another two tested positive over the last day. There are currently eleven active cases of the virus among the 1,299 people in quarantine.

Check back to CNS tomorrow for a full report from CITA and more details on government’s plans for reopening the border, mandatory vaccines for permit holders and the way to ensure that Cayman can be the first country in the world to open safely and not cycle back into lockdown.

See the vaccine schedule on the HSA website here.

For more information on vaccines contact the HSA Communications team at
communications@hsa.ky

See here for more information on securely verifiable vaccination records.


Share your vote!


How do you feel after reading this?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Tags: , , ,

Category: Health, Local News, Medical, Travel

Comments (182)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Anonymous says:

    The first problem with that 80% goal is the population number they’re basing their calculations on…..it’s a guess at best.

  2. JTB says:

    Why stick to an obviously unachievable target? Everyone who wants the vaccine has had it. If they have held out this long they are not going to change their minds – unless of course the imminent re-opening of the border and the tourist economy spurs them on.

    Why must the majority of Caymanians and residents pick up the bill for the personal decisions of the unvaccinated?

    It makes no sense at all.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Delta has sadly changed the game and it looks like this pandemic has some time to go. Memorial hospital in Florida has 55 ICU patients of which only 1 is unvaccinated. I hope the CIG does not screw this up.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/florida-becoming-epicenter-of-coronavirus-outbreak/ar-AAMLKvl?ocid=winp1taskbar

    CNS: That is what it says but I believe it is a typo. This is about the same hospital – ‘Biggest Tragedy Is Preventable Loss Of Life’: Memorial Healthcare System Chief Urges Public To Get COVID Vaccine
    “We know that a high percentage of the elderly are getting vaccinated, and we are seeing more of the younger population,” [Dr. Aharon Sareli] said.

    “More than 96% are unvaccinated.” He added in the ICU, out of 55 people who are fighting for their lives, only one person has been vaccinated.

    • Anon says:

      Has some time to go? Covid was never going to go away, but the vaccine keeps you safe. You thought Covid would go away magically and we would open to a Covid free world? No chance

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you CNS

    • Anonymous says:

      Hmmm. I read the article and that’s not what I read. The person quoted is an entirely different person at an entirely different hospital. Could be a typo I suppose, but it wasn’t “added”. Don’t mean to nitpick but I think we have enough confusion without adding more editorial speculation especially with the data coming out showing it could certainly go either way.

      CNS: Oh, for heaven’s sake! Can you stop wasting everyone’s time with silliness, please. If you’re going to “nitpick”, at least read the articles properly so you don’t make a twit of your anonymous self. Different people quoted but clearly the same hospital. In the first linked article, the commenter called it “Memorial hospital” but if you read the article, they were clearly referencing Memorial Health Care System.

      Other hospitals like Memorial Health Care System say they are overwhelmed. “This morning, we had over 420 patients with COVID. And 55 are in the ICU. In the ICU, 55 people are fighting for their lives and only one of them is unvaccinated. Most of the patients are in their 30s and 40s and it is very sad to have someone die in the ICU by themselves without a touch of someone’s face of seeing loved ones,” said Juana Mejia, a COVID ICU nurse manager.

      In the article I linked:

      … the Chief of Critical Care for the Memorial Healthcare System is making a plea to the public to get vaccinated and help curb the number of cases… “This morning we had over 420 patients with COVID and 55 of them in the ICU. On June 19th we had less than 90 cases,” he said … He added in the ICU, out of 55 people who are fighting for their lives, only one person has been vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just read the article in the Compass re.Cases of Summer Sniffles Climbing. BTW- the symptoms listed in that article are the same symptoms they are listing for the Delta Variant.
      (Fever, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, coughing, stuffy nose, and in a few cases, nausea and diarrhea).

  4. Anonymous says:

    When do we require proof of vaccination for those receiving the tourism stipend? Such a no brainer!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Darwin, sir
    You are ruthless but ingenious. I wish this ingenuity be use for good.
    What you are requesting is sending chills down my spine, sweating arm pits and a racing heart beat, but I understand and I wish not to see, unlike you. If that what it takes that’s what it will be.
    That ideology created the world we are living in, and you are happy with your creation because it’s benefiting you, hence the hold on such an outdated belief.

    We studied to gain knowledge and with experiences teaches wisdom, which makes us expert in our chosen field, which some use for good.

    Did God create this ideology?
    You are telling me, we haven’t change in the past two hundred years? This is sad that you are still peddling this belief, no wonder for you, evolution has stopped.

    We didn’t look like this in the beginning,have we not changed, are we not changing?

    If you take away the race, color, and ethnicity you are left with just people.
    The captured were dominated but once integrate into societies and given equal opportunities, the intelligence becomes par and everyone can aspire to be what they aspire to be.
    Our thoughts are always evolving.

    Should we document own experience, so that there will be many stories to tell, and not just one.
    Why should one single account be the truth of past events?

    I am happy you do not possess the power to wipe everyone off the planet who disagrees with you.

    Also, I am not on here to win anyone over, as we all suppose to have a choice under the system that is created.

    Let’s watch this is live entertainment for those who understand.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said. Thank you.

    • Anon says:

      Get the vaccine.

    • Anonymous says:

      The compass article says the Premier May lower target if 80% is not reached, but doesn’t want to say that yet?!?
      Then, in same article, opening will depend on how other jurisdictions are doing w/ Covid. Makes sense or is that just the next moving of the goal post when the 80% isn’t reached?
      Covid is here forever. Need to open up and work around it. Companies / jurisdictions have been open since last July and working around Covid. There are ways to do it. My company has not shut down once.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can’t be. This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated according to the qualified, better informed, highly intelligent, slightly more beautiful vaccinated majority.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes it can. The CDC statement released today.

        • Anonymous says:

          US Airlines will start flying in if they see an uptick of demand. Get rid of the quarantine and people will want to come.

        • Anonymous says:

          You don’t seem to understand how vaccines work. Jumping up and down laughing at breakthrough cases as proof the vaccines don’t work is ignorant. The point is, you’re 20 times less likely to be hospitalised and 50+ times less likely to die. If 4 people were hospitalised then without the vaccine they could have expected more like 100 and several dead.

          Sheesh, how is this still needing to be explained?

          • Anonymous says:

            Less likely, if…were, could have, …assumptions, parroting, guessing… try something original, from your own personal experience…

            CNS: You mean ignore the science, ignore the data and wait until you get covid before you can have an opinion?

          • John says:

            Based on the statistics in this CDC document, none of what you are saying is true.

          • The point is says:

            You don’t seem to understand anything.

            Jumping up and down complaining about how the unvaccinated are spreading the virus is far from the truth and when the data shows this as a fact it’s ludacris sheesh… why did I need to explain this?

      • Anonymous says:

        And 3 months after they open the border, we will also be the ones not in hospital or the graveyard

        • Anonymous says:

          Nah you’re the ones that are pricks who don’t care about spreading the virus just so long as you’re vaccinated because, even though yes you probably won’t be in a grave from covid but, you’ll never figure out how to pull your head out of your own ass wih that selfish behaviour during a ever evolving pandemic on a whim to get back to normal.

    • Anonymous says:

      If true, the virus is targeting vaccinated people in Massachusetts. I’m thinking “vaccinated” was self-reported rather than actually vaccinated. The real story will be 99% of unvaccinated at large gatherings lie about vaccination status.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s why all those heathens in India are dying I guess – wrong god(s).

  6. round and round in circles we go says:

    I recall the story of the man and the flood. He turned down help 3 times, from a neighbour, from a boat and then a helicopter. He eventually drowned. On going to heaven he asked God why he did not answer his prayers and save him. God said, well I tried 3 times, lastly with a helicopter, what more could I do?

    The Vaccine is your helicopter.

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem is, the flood is forcasted at 99.7% accuracy not to hit my region and the helicopter is an exotic prototype that’s on it’s maiden flight. Think I’ll go with the 99.7% chance the flood isn’t coming.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Add more flights please!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Where is the control group if everyone is vaccinated?

  9. Proud of my Faith says:

    Soooo … let us see –
    THE VACCINATED can spread the virus /
    THE VACCINATED can cause mutations /
    THE VACCINATED can die from wild viruses/
    And yet you PUSHIN people to get a jab from abortion tainted vaccines. Moreover, your leaders are pushin to ban ALL UNVACCINATED folk from stores, churches, entertainment centers, et cetera ??? / Oh wow, incredible … the world is gone crazy! No faith in God, no faith in obeying His health laws, common sense, and fostering a strong natural immune system!

    • Anonymous says:

      Idiot

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. Open up and let the battle between your God and Darwin begin.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think that was meant for me, but I am not the poster. I would never go about putting people against each other.

      • Anonymous says:

        Go and relax, and stop this divide of the country. What is happening is bigger than both of us and everyone else.

    • Anonymous says:

      Almost spat my coffee out at this one. Please, can you list God’s health laws. This is something I’d be interested in reading.

      Yes, I’m sure fostering your “strong natural immune system” with herbalife and essential oils would have saved people during the Spanish Flu era, or I suppose it would protected the world against any other viruses, small pox, or polio. Just believe and it shall be. If only these professionals would have known! All this trouble over the years could have been avoided.

      If you change the following your post may make more sense.

      THE VACCINATED highly decreases chances spread the virus /
      THE VACCINATED highly decreases chances to cause mutations /
      THE VACCINATED highly decreases chances to die from Covid viruses/

      • Anonymous says:

        Your information about being vaccinated is outdated. This site is for the vaccinated.

      • Anonymous says:

        Top scientists today claimed the Indian ‘Delta’ variant is not spreading as quickly as chickenpox, despite US health officials saying it is just as contagious.

        Data circulating within America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed people infected with the mutant strain can go on to infect eight others.

        The same internal document also alleged that fully-vaccinated people can spread the Indian variant just as easily as unvaccinated people because they carry a similar amount of the virus in their nose and mouth.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unvaccinated people are at a greater risk of catching – and dying from it. Of all the Americans who died of COVID-19 last month, over 99% were not vaccinated. You can protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and the delta variant by getting vaccinated ASAP.

      • Anonymous says:

        A new CDC report detailed 469 cases of COVID-19 linked to an outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts between July 3 and July 17
        Of the infections, 74% occurred in fully vaccinated people who had one of the three FDA-emergency approved vaccines and 80% had symptoms
        Only four of the vaccinated people were hospitalized, two of whom had underlying conditions, and there were no deaths
        Results showed that vaccinated people who get COVID-19 have same viral levels as the unvaccinated
        The CDC says this outbreak was behind its recent recommendations for vaccinated Americans to wear masks in indoors places in COVID-19 hot spots

    • Anonymous says:

      Soooo …. Let us see –

      PEOPLE who use seat belts can still die in a car crash
      PEOPLE who use seat belts can still kill others in a car crash
      And yet you PUSHIN people to wear abortion tainted seat belts in cars. Moreover, your leaders are pushin to fine people who don’t wear seatbelts, etc ??? / Oh wow, incredible… the world is gone crazy! No faith in God, no faith in letting him drive the car for you, common sense and fostering a strong natural driving ability!

    • Anonymous says:

      This is troll and is trying to make mockery, games being played.

      • Anonymous says:

        no troll. “letting god drive the car for you” Why is god so convenient to arguments? did god not send the ‘plague’? or did god not send the ‘cure’? Lets focus on the science, did god not bless us with the science?
        PS my wall has been crashed into 3 times in the last 2 years. It was meant as a little levity.

        • Anonymous says:

          Have good evening, and enjoy the sunset and enjoy the COVID free island.

          • Anonymous says:

            640 cases of covid in Cayman Islands, 628 recovered cases of covid in Cayman Islands, 2 deaths in Cayman Islands.

            Beautiful sunsets.

            • Anonymous says:

              Neither died from covid but with covid

              • Non says:

                Yea, what we see anecdotally, (with our own two eyes and not on CNN) would suggest a mortality rate of zero. Let’s live in fear of this!

                CNS: Following expert advice and taking sensible precautions is not “living in fear” unless you’re watching Tucker or reading Breitbart. Forget which media house is disseminating the information and go to the source of actual data (you remember data?), in this case the CDC: Don’t Run Down the Shot Clock

                “COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are once again increasing in nearly all states, fueled by the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, which is much more contagious than past versions of the virus. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates.”

          • Anonymous says:

            4:16, NOT Covid free. At least 11 cases right now.

            “There are currently eleven active cases of the virus among the 1,299 people in quarantine.”

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s why all those heathens in India are dying I guess – wrong god(s).

    • Anonymous says:

      Twat

  10. Anonymous says:

    The science is appearing increasingly clear. Vaccinated or unvaccinated, moment Covid gets reintroduced to Cayman, we will be back to masks and social distancing. Is that worth it, or should we maintain our bubble (through quarantine)? We can do that and allow long stay visitors (30 days plus). Our choice, but like Pandora’s Box, we only get to open once. We had better all understand and be ready for the consequences.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Waiting for the first “I got the jab but got covid” comment. Everybody else is just repeating what someone somewhere had said.
    So please stop attaching links or trying to convince people in something you have not experienced.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The Anti-vaxxers now have a change.org petition to be afforded the right to choose not to be vaccinated. You really can’t make this up. If we are seriously keeping the borders closed because these clowns won’t take the shot, then it’s a lost cause. Open up and let them get infected as they request.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Unvaccinated people are at a greater risk of catching – and dying from it. Of all the Americans who died of COVID-19 last month, over 99% were not vaccinated. You can protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and the delta variant by getting vaccinated ASAP.

    • Anonymous says:

      FACT

    • Anonymous says:

      Talking Head says…

      “Unvaccinated people are at a greater risk of catching – and dying from it. Of all the Americans who died of COVID-19 last month, over 99% were not vaccinated. You can protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and the delta variant by getting vaccinated ASAP.”

  14. Anonymous says:

    Premier Panton, just announce another pension draw on October 1, 2021 but only for those who are vaccinated. That 80% will be achieved quickly.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Why keep blaming the poor people that work in the tourisim sector its not them that closed the border like any one else they want the border to open that they can get on with their life because we are sick and tired of it been throw in our face about the two dollar the government is giving to us, do you all know that we the workers in the industry make less money than the government they are the one that makes all the money from tourisim and get this we go out there and beg for our living and we are the ones that they see first and we are the ones that keep tourist coming back over and over to the cayman island so we are very much valuable to the industry, we love our jobs and therefore we go out and work to the best of our ability for our country

    • Anonymous says:

      How about some punctuation? You sound like a rambling fool.

      • Anonymous says:

        What a poor and utterly despicable response. Really? A criticism of punctuation is all you can say to this? The tourism sector has suffered horribly, peoples lives changed for ever. You have so little character, perhaps punctuation is all you can rely on.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The US firm Golman-Sachs will now require staff to show proof of vaccination. Another example of a company doing the right thing.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/29/business/goldman-sachs-vaccine-building/index.html

  17. Anonymous says:

    This 80% number is adjusted for ineligible children right?

    • Anonymous says:

      Wrong

      • Anonymous says:

        That one simple fact makes a mockery of the Government position. Totally unjustifable using such an arbitrary number with no foundation in science or common sense.

    • Anonymous says:

      9:04, if it were only 80% of eligible people we’d already be there. Government doesn’t want to reopen so they make it an unattainable goal.

      • Anonymous says:

        Meanwhile CUc reported 1000 new clients and how many ppl live in a house usually. Thanks I am an investor,you make up your own facts., I’ll count the money.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The government needs to step up is information campaign in a way that the hesitant can relate to (the QAnon followers are beyond hope) Here is an example

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/26/covid-patients-tell-of-regrets-over-refusing-jab-vaccine-intensive-care

  19. Tom says:

    You are letting the inmates run the asylum! Clearly a good portion of the unvaccinated think they don’t care about the border opening. (poor understanding of the economy). As long as CIG leaves the power with them, they will continue to avoid the vaccine. The only way you will see decent uptick in vaccination rate is to announce the border is opening on Sept 9 regardless, then the portion of unvaccinated that are reasonably intelligent will get a vaccine to protect themselves and their families. The rest will remain unvaccinated, and it will just have to be at their own risk. What’s the old saying…you can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. There seems to be an abundance of people with IQs similar to a horse. OPEN THE BORDER

  20. Anonymous says:

    The first thing is to stop providing misleading population figures. The population figure in every country is always a range as it’s difficult to be exact. You have a low, medium and high number. It is always agreed best practice to take the medium figure as your population figure. This is what we’ve always done. As soon as PACT came into power, they changed this and started using the unrealistic maximum figure. – Thus aiming for 80% of a population that is unlikely to even exist.

    If in doubt, just ask the Director of the Economic and Statistics Office, he has provided the population figure and the PACT Government have overruled him…

    • Anonymous says:

      When the number is less than 100,000, the borders are closed, and you have stringent immigration controls and information as well as a register of births and deaths, almost exact numbers are relatively easy.

      Unless you are inept.

      • Anonymous says:

        Can we just use round numbers since the math is easier for me? I don’t like decimals or fractions either.

  21. Cayman - CLOSE says:

    Sticking with 80% ??? … I believe because he knows the day he opens the border, the Delta variant will kill alot of vaccinated people! Did anyone saw a recent video clip showing MP Chris Saunders expressing his concerns with opening the border and that many vaccinated folk may not stand up to the Delta variant?

    • Anonymous says:

      So keep closed forever?

    • Anonymous says:

      The issue is the infectiousness of vaccinated vs unvaccinated. It appears the Delta variant can make fully vaccinated infectious. However, the vaccine is still protecting people from hospitalization and death. The vast majority of people who are in hospital for covid are unvaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Will kill a lot of vaccinated people”. Really? Stop scaremongering for your own, I assume, selfish reasons (although you won’t see it like that) and stick to facts and science. The chances of a vaccinated person dying of Covid are statistically approximating to nil.

      I’m personally not a fan of the vaccine, but our whole family had it as we realised if we want to ever get back to whatever normal life returns eventually as, we ultimately have no choice. Not a nice position for any of us to be in.

      The minority should not infringe on the majority. The GOvernment is playing to the minority at this point for any number of reasons, political or otherwise.

      It is time to open the island up.

    • Unvaccinated says:

      lol.. well well now, they have to get another jab to ensure stronger immunity. As for me and my house, they can keep their experimental treatments to themselves. 🙏🏽peace

    • Anonymous says:

      Saunders was completely wrong in what he said. There is no evidence that vaccinated people are dying from Covid. No vaccine is 100% effective but ALL the data from the US, UK and EU shows that being vaccinated reduces the risks of serious illness or death very significantly.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s effective at reducing deaths for now. Next mutation and it might not be. And further down the line having the jab might make you even sicker than an unvaccinated. It’s not fiction or conspiracy, it’s within the realm of possible. Nobody knows how this will develop.

        • Anonymous says:

          The virus mutates in the unvaccinated. Thank you to all making the world more dangerous and driving up health care costs.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Announce a 25% across the board civil service pay cut and the 80% will be reached within 48 hours.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hey, all you newly minted cabinet members who jumped onto Wayne’s team… we all know Wayne will not be getting voted back in, he has sealed his fate, unfortunately. Don’t forget, because we won’t, that if you don’t speak up and speak out about needing to get this economy going again and opening the borders, you too will not be getting re-elected. There are a lot of things people will forget about over the course of 4 years, this isn’t one of them. Bye!!! I got vaccinated, as did the vast majority of the population, as soon as we were allowed to, in order to re-open. Those that did not get vaccinated made a choice to accept the risk. I do not know one unvaccinated person who doesn’t think we should open. They’re not idiots, they made their choice and it’s theirs to make… not yours! Open up!

    • Anonymous says:

      The Caribbean is open all around. People are traveling to those other islands. They will find places that have sun, beaches, less expensive, OPEN. Shut down for 2 years is not good for tourism. Some may say who cares, but tourism has a trickle down effect. The border needs to open now so those traveling for the high season can start planning on Cayman as a destination.
      The border also needs to open so those residents that want to make holiday plans to see relatives that they haven’t seen in two years can get affordable flights and get off the island and spend time with family abroad.
      The need to start living is now. Get rid of the quarantine period for vaccinated travelers, keep the testing if need be, keep the masks in high traffic areas, and open the borders. Overcome the fear and start living and joining the rest of the world, see family and friends again.

      • Anonymous says:

        Bahamas and BVI closing down. Pay attention!

      • NotThisYear says:

        I’m afraid it is already too late for high season 2021. I have a close friend who is a property manager of 25 vacation rental properties. She told me recently that 20 of those properties were booked for the Christmas Holidays, the final payment is due September 15. Out of those 20 bookings she has received 15 cancelations in the last couple of weeks. She said people are sad to cancel and want to come here but they are afraid to wait longer to book another location for Christmas and they do not want to make their final nonrefundable payment in September then find out the government won’t accept their vaccine proof to avoid quarantine. I imagine our large hotels are experiencing the same sort of high season cancelations.

        There are too many unknowns in the reopening plan. Reaching 80% is not likely but even if we do reach that number the fact remains that PACT is not going to accept the US vaccine cards. If visitors can’t be assured they can enter without quarantine for their two-week vacation they are not going to book a trip here.

        Someone else said this recently and I agree; tourists will find other islands, they will like those places, and the odds are good those people will return to their newly found destinations. I fear Cayman’s tourism industry is facing a very long road to recovery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look promising that the recovery will begin in 2021. PACT is failing us in many ways. I had hope for them, I’ve lost all all respect for Panton. I will not be voting for him again.

        • Anonymous says:

          It is NOT to late, but it is on the cusp. I travel every year and make my plans between now and early October. I book 3 -4 trips( Christmas break, Feb and April… sometimes Thanksgiving).
          TBH- what we would need from Cayman to be comfortable booking is a 100% opening date ( that is not going to move again), no quarantine period ( as our vacation time is not usually longer than 7 days at a time) and that our CDC vaccination card Will be accepted.
          There are many of us who have spent year after year on the island and really miss seeing friends and beautiful 7mb!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Can we confirm what percentage of the population is under 12? Estimates I’ve seen are around 15% so we effectively need to vaccinate 95% of those eligible to make the absurd 80% target, which is definitely not going to happen and is patently ridiculous.

    Further those under 12 (and really all under 18) are at almost no risk from covid. Here is a recent article by New York Magazine which lays this all out.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/the-kids-were-safe-from-covid-the-whole-time.html

    And one of the most important sections as it relates to children:

    “But first: the kids. Over the course of the pandemic, 49,000 Americans under the age of 18 have died of all causes, according to the CDC. Only 331 of those deaths have been from COVID — less than half as many as have died of pneumonia. In 2019, more than 2,000 American kids and teenagers died in car crashes; each year, according to some estimates, about a thousand die from drowning.

    Last year, fewer kids died of COVID-19 than of heart disease, “malignant neoplasms,” suicide, and homicide — not to mention birth defects, which killed hundreds of times more. All told, 600,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID over the course of the pandemic; just 0.05 percent of those were under the age of 18, a population that represents more than 20 percent of the country’s population as a whole.”

    • Anonymous says:

      If government has control to keep the border closed and has control to stipulate the 80% figure, mandate everyone must be vaccinated. Problem solved.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Looks like the conspiracy lag is closing the gap. Vaxxed transmit as easily as unvaxed. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/29/cdc-mask-guidance/

    So what’s the magical logic now?

    • Anonymous says:

      Far less damage is done in those infected with the vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.

      Source:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vaccines-highly-effective-against-hospitalisation-from-delta-variant

      • Anonymous says:

        Why are you worrying about the unvaxxed? They can simply get vaxxed. They choose not to. The point is we’re being told that the unvaxxed are spreaders and the vaxxed are not. That seems to be untrue old info..1 week. If the vaxxed and the unvaxxed can spread it to the .0001% who cannot vax then there is no valid argument to insist on vaccinating the holdouts. Open the border or go into full lockdown and curfew, the latter is idiotic given the future ramifications but at least it follows some logic no matter how misguided.

    • Anonymous says:

      The logic is the vaccine best equips you to avoid hospitalization or death.

      Reading the article you cited should make you even more want to get the vaccine. If vaccinated people can transmit the virus in any significant way, the concept of “herd immunity” is irrelevant as vaccinated people may not be an effective barrier, and means the virus will eventually find you.

      If the virus is eventually going to find you, you are best to pre-prepare you body to fight any infection by getting vaccinated.

Leave a Reply to Non Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.