Random person: Have you been vaccinated?
Random person: For COVID?
Random person: Why?
Me: I’ve had COVID.
Random person: You can still get it again.
Me: I’ll take my chances. You can also get the flu after you’ve been vaccinated.
Random person: Yeah, but you can’t die from the flu.
Me: Up to 61,000 people die every year of the flu and is the #9 cause of death in America. The flu only disappears during a COVID pandemic.
Random person: You must be a Trump supporter.
Unless you’re living on a private island or off the grid somewhere in rural America, you’ve had a similar conversation with someone you’re close to or even a perfect stranger. COVID shot shaming is all the rage these days. The truth is, deciding to get a COVID shot or not to get the shot is personal. When it comes to taking the life of a baby growing inside of your body, “my body, my choice” is the feminazi battle cry, but when it comes to agreeing to an emergency FDA approved shot for COVID, many of the same people who defend abortion are crying for COVID passports.
So, what is the science behind the COVID jab?
Can a fully-vaccinated person still get COVID?
According to a recent report released by NBC-5 Chicago, according to state health officials, more than 150 fully vaccinated people have died, and nearly 600 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized in Illinois due to COVID-19 in “breakthrough” cases.
According to data updated Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health, 159 people in Illinois have died due to COVID-19 or complications after being fully vaccinated. That figure equates to 2.3% of COVID-19 deaths in the state since Jan. 1, officials said.
At least 593 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized in Illinois, IDPH said. The state only reports breakthrough infections among those who have been hospitalized or died, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH said.
A person is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Illinois’ top doctor said last week that breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated residents are a “unicorn,” as she again urged those who have not yet gotten vaccinated to do so.
“These vaccines are truly effective,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “You know, everyone has heard of a case or two of someone who had a breakthrough infection or breakthrough hospitalization, but it is, that is so far the unicorn, that you need to focus on the people who are not vaccinated, they’re the ones filling up the hospital as COVID patients.”
We’re not downplaying the significance of the Wuhan Virus. It is clearly a serious virus that has caused millions of deaths and serious illnesses. People with co-morbidities whose doctors recommend a vaccination should consider taking the jab, but healthy Americans who test positive for COVID and exhibit mild symptoms that are similar to the flu, may not want to take the chance of becoming a victim of an adverse reaction to the shot. Of course, each individual’s situation is unique, and the beauty of living in America (so far) is that we are still free to make a choice about what we allow to be injected into our bodies.