United States Vice President Kamala Harris posted on Twitter on Sunday and referred to “protecting the vaccinated,” puzzling many users and leading them to question her meaning.
The story: On Sunday evening, Harris tweeted:
“By vaccinating the unvaccinated, increasing our testing and masking, and protecting the vaccinated, we can end this pandemic. That’s exactly what we are committed to doing.”
Harris’ comments come after the Biden administration announced comprehensive new pandemic requirements last week in hopes of encouraging more Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Under the new requirements, federal workers will have to attest to the fact that they have been vaccinated, or comply with a host of regulations, including a mandatory mask mandate, social distancing, weekly testing, and other restrictions.
According to new research released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated individuals are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated.
Twitter’s response: Twitter users were quick to respond by questioning what she meant by “protecting the vaccinated.”
Kyle Hooten, a member of former President Donald Trump’s administration, wrote, “Why do you need to protect the vaccinated? Doesn’t the vax do that?”
“‘Protecting the vaccinated’ is an odd argument since the vaccinated are already, you know, vaccinated. And the vaccine works in keeping one out of the hospital 99.99 percent of the time per the data,” tweeted Fox News contributor Joe Concha.
In another tweet, Fox News contributor Kate Pavlich posted, “‘Protecting the vaccinated.’ So, the Biden administration is taking credit for something…the vaccine is supposed to do?”
Worth noting: Harris’ comments about “protecting the vaccinated” could refer to booster shots, or even public policy designed to lock out unvaccinated individuals from venues vaccinated individuals are allowed to attend.
For instance, last week in Victoria, Australia, Premier Daniel Andrews announced measures to lock out the unvaccinated from a range of venues, while allowing vaccinated citizens to resume a pre-pandemic lifestyle.
“[W]hat will become a bigger part of our response is a lockout of many, many venues for those who are not vaccinated,” Andrews stated. “They will be locked out of a whole range of venues because they could be vaccinated and they have chosen not to.”
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