The small vaccine efficacy window is biggest problem in US
As FDA nixes booster shots CoVid mandates will not stem tide
Let’s look once again at the CoVid-19 vaccines for a moment and all the science behind it.
The efficacy of all the vaccine types in the US runs about 8-10 months. After that you are susceptible to reinvection, aka breakthrough cases, according to the latest data released by the federal government.
The large international studies show that there is a need for booster shots after that, which may only provide an additional 6 months immunity. Israel and Great Britain are requiring a third shot to be fully vaccinated.
The FDA in a 16-2 vote recently decided not to approve booster shots here in the US, except for the elderly and infirmed, hence President Biden received his booster last week.
This means that the vaccine — in the truest sense of the word — is actually a therapeutic and not a vaccine. However if you call it a therapeutic, then you cannot mandate it as a means for employment or for entry into entertainment venues.
So as it stands right now this whole vaccine push gave us a small window to knock out the virus and it didn’t work that well because the COVID-19 seven-day fatality rate last month was higher than September a year ago.
As the weather cools in New York, I believe you will see a spike (pun intended) in CoVid infections due to people moving indoors and the lack of sunlight to produce Vitamin D. This is what happen in Florida and Texas over the summer as the heat drove people into the air conditioning. As the temperatures cooled in those states cases came down quickly.
Speaking of mandates, that brings up two separate federal court rulings this week in New York.
An upstate judge granted a preliminary injunction against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all state Department of Health workers who claim religious exemptions, but were denied.
“Upon review, plaintiffs have established at this early stage of the litigation that they are likely to succeed on the merits of this constitutional claim,” wrote Utica federal Judge David Hurd Tuesday.
Hochul plans to appeal the ruling.
In Manhattan federal court a judge nix a similar motion brought by Department of Education employees over religious exemptions. The suit alleged that the city offered exemptions to major faiths but excluded other religions.
Judge Valerie Caproni ruled that the DOE had offered religious exemptions to more than 20 faiths and in doing so showed no religious biases.
I know we are not there just yet, but over the next 6 months you will see that vaccine mandates will wither away as the science and the polling for the upcoming midterm elections tell politicians that they have it all wrong.