But non-vaccinated still test positive at higher rate
Levine noncommital about ivermectin
By Guy Page
It’s not just a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” anymore. More than a third of Vermonters testing positive during the first week of August had already been vaccinated.
Still, unvaccinated Vermonters are testing positive at a higher rate than those who are vaccinated, Vermont Dept. of Health data show.
187 of the new cases of Covid-19 in Vermont from August 1 – August 7 were among already-vaccinated people, according to data [see page 36] released August 13 by the Vermont Department of Health. That’s 38% of all new cases for that week, when compared to 490 total cases for the entire week.
Assuming a vaccination rate of 85% among Vermonters, that means that vaccinated Vermonters are 5.7 times more numerous than non-vaccinated, yet still comprise just over a third of the positive tests. Statistically, that suggests during the first week of August, a non-vaccinated person was about 18 times more likely than a vaccinated person to test positive.
Since January 1, two percent of all Covid cases have been vaccinated. Of the 630 total cases, 18 have been hospitalized and eight have died, “the majority of whom were elderly or health-compromised individuals,” Health Commissioner Mark Levine said.
“We must also recognize how completely the Delta Variant has changed the game for the U.S. and Vermont,” Levine noted. Although vaccinated people are “highly protected…..some vaccinated people can get infected and still spread the virus.”
At his press conference noon Tuesday, Gov. Phil Scott and public health and school officials did not announce new restrictions, citing the state’s high vaccination rate. Instead, they recommended strong adherence to masking, vaccination, and other existing recommendations. They also suggested getting booster shots.
All Vermont state colleges and the University of Vermont already have required vaccination for all on-campus students. The state’s largest private employer, the UVM Medical Center network, has mandated vaccination for employees by October. Those who refuse must test weekly. The City of Burlington is preparing a similar mandate for its employees. Tonight, the Town of Brattleboro will consider renewing a mask ordinance for public places. More and more private workplaces catering to the public – including the popular South Burlington nightspot, Higher Ground – are “carding” for proof of vaccination.
At the press conference, Health Commissioner Mark Levine took a non-committal approach towards ivermectin, a popular treatment alternative to vaccination.
Vermont Daily Chronicle asked: “Governor, in the face of the growing number of breakthrough cases, you and Commissioner Levine and my colleagues in the press have discussed extra protection in the form of continued masking and booster shots. Why not also explicitly support the use of preventive treatments like ivermectin?”
“That’s above my paygrade,” Scott said, and handed the question to Levine.
“Ivermectin is getting a lot of social media attention,” Levine said. “It’s also been getting a lot of attention from the scientific community. It’s polarizing. There’s been a lot of recent studies and meta-analysis. We’re not seeing a lot of convincing information that on a population-wide basis we should be using ivermectin.
“The data wouldn’t support that it is as efficacious as a vaccine. I would reserve judgement on it being a panacea for this pandemic, as it is being viewed.”
One scholarly review of dozens of studies of ivermectin treatment for Covid-19 cites an up to 75% reduction in death rates compared to non-treatment.
|During July 2021, about three-quarters of the 469 cases of COVID-19 in Barnstable County, MA were among fully-vaccinated people. Four-fifths of these cases were symptomatic. |
According to a National Institute of Health stud, three quarters 346 or 74% of cases occurred in “fully vaccinated” persons (defined by CDC as “those who had completed a 2-dose course of mRNA vaccine [Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna] or had received a single dose of Janssen [Johnson & Johnson] vaccine ≥14 days before exposure”). Of the 346 positives, 274 (79%) vaccinated patients were symptomatic. Among five COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized, four were fully vaccinated.
The Vermont Health Freedom reports that nearly 1300 Vermonters have signed its Petition to Support Medical Freedom and to Ban Vaccine Passports in VT.
CDC “shielding” paper raises fears of forced separation of high-risk Americans
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control stirred unease on social media in a July 26 , 2020 posting entitled “Interim Operational Considerations for Implementing the Shielding Approach to Prevent COVID-19 Infections in Humanitarian Settings.”
The document discusses, as a contingency planning scenario only, how high-risk individuals might be “shielded” from other human contact for six months. While the document seems to be written for a ‘refugee camp’ environment, some social media critics say it also looks like a blueprint for the possible forced relocation of American citizens.
The document opens with a definition of shielding:“The shielding approach aims to reduce the number of severe COVID-19 cases by limiting contact between individuals at higher risk of developing severe disease (“high-risk”) and the general population (“low-risk”). High-risk individuals would be temporarily relocated to safe or “green zones” established at the household, neighborhood, camp/sector or community level depending on the context and setting. They would have minimal contact with family members and other low-risk residents.”
The document defines ‘high risk’ as the aged, immuno-compromised, people with Down’s Syndrome, respiratory diseases, dementia and other factors that make them more vulnerable to Covid-19. It does not specifically cite non-vaccinated people, but in a supporting document non-vaccinated people are included as being at higher risk.
The document lists possible safe ‘green zones’ at a residential, neighborhood and community level: bedrooms, homes and school buildings, respectively. What makes social media critics nervous is that it does not specifically say, or even suggest, the relocations would be voluntary. The degree of choice, if any, is not addressed in any fashion.
This lack of information has raised concern among social media critics already suspicious of the CDC. Here’s an example from CharlieKirk.com on August 6 of this year: “Having received virtually zero media attention, it seems to be supporting highly questionable internment practices disguised by the term “shielding.”