Feel Stupid Yet? Vaccine Passport Effectiveness Also Wanes

As the world watches Israel at the vanguard of vaccine failure, we see their vaccine passports will only be valid for 6 months. Why? Because the vaccine protection from infection and transmission doesn’t last. Feel stupid yet?

For months we’ve heard the Covid vaccine is our key out of Covid gaol. That message has come from ill-informed media spruikers and from politicians and bureaucrats selling freedom as its major benefit, rather than anything truly medical. Giving us back those freedoms is only necessary because politicians unjustifiably took them away from us in the first place.

The early-vaxxers applauded the idea of a vaccine passport and the idea of privileges tied to their vaccine status. The laptop class was desperate to get back travelling. Screw those people who want rigorous trials, or reasoned risk-benefit calculations!

“I’m vaxxed, I’m safe, and soon I will be free!” was the best of the worst on social media. The worst was “The unvaxxed are no longer decent people and I hope they die”. You could find the worst on social media – and in News Limited headlines from writers who supposedly support the little guy.

Anyone watching the data closely knew this was nonsense. Vaccine efficacy has been an issue for months. And a vaccine, or vaccine passport, was never going to make us free. NSW Premier Gladys Berejilian confirmed it with her some freedoms speech on August 17.

“Whilst there will not be complete freedom at 70 per cent, or even 80 per cent, depending on the case numbers, life will be much freer than what it is today and that’s the point I want to make.”

The premier said that although protocols like using QR codes, wearing masks and social distancing are likely to stick around for some time yet, “harsh restrictions” will no longer be necessary.

Premier Berejiklian August 17

Worse, vaccine passports penalise people who are better protected from the Covid virus than the vaccinated: the immune recovered (preprint only).

So now, as the world watches Israel at the vanguard of vaccine failure, we see Israeli vaccine passports will only be valid for 6 months. Why? Because the vaccine protection from infection and transmission doesn’t last (my emphasis).

“This is simply because, in terms of its effectiveness, the vaccine is valid only for a period of five or six months,” Horowitz told Channel 13 television. “After about half a year, you have to get a third dose. Otherwise, the vaccine loses its power.

The Green Pass testifies that a person is safe in a certain way,” he added. “So the moment we know that the vaccine loses its effectiveness after a certain period, there’s no justification for giving a green pass to someone who hasn’t gotten another dose.”

Israeli Health Minister Horowitz, August 24 2021. Haaretz ; Al-monitor

The media has been too slow and stupid to pick this up in a timely way. Health bureaucrats are too craven and politicised to be honest about it. Politicians…well, their behaviour is so unprincipled, so obstinate, so contrary to duty that I simply cannot fathom what their motivations are. I can only guess at the worst failures of ego, grandiosity, ignorance and venality.

As for the preening Covid-vaxxers: you were stupid, you were had, and you should be embarrassed.

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