These people are shameless. Because younger children are now eligible for vaccination, the focus was on schools and scaring people about the risk to children, which is in essence zero, to force vaccinations, which will make no difference. Big lie–there is a huge surge in cases among children. No there isn’t a disproportionate increase there. Bigger lie, have lots of children in hospitals with CV-19. No we don’t. This is beyond disgraceful fear-mongering.
A lot of concern about hospital capacity. Not one word about the role of vaccine mandates in reducing capacity. Not one word about the role of events in fully vaccinated persons. And I hate to say it, but there is no evidence yet that boosters will prove any more effective than the original shots. Let us all hope they are, but there just hasn’t been time yet to assess that effectiveness.
Asked a question about schools’ role in transmission we got all kinds of waffling. The state has pathetic so-called contact tracing that wasn’t even referred to in the answer, because they don’t know. So just say that instead of implying that in fact children are driving transmission. And here is the big lie, when asked about suppression measures in schools, including masking, and the impact on cases, they just referred to a completely debunked CDC study and gave no Minnesota specific data, although they clearly have it. So the inference is clear, the data in Minnesota shows that mandatory masking and other measures make no difference in cases in schools. Let me just point out that Florida has no mask requirements, low school mask wearing, and no issues in schools.
And I will again caution parents about vaccinating younger children. There is not in fact strong data on either effectiveness or safety, the trials were far too small to adequately address either of those questions. Effectiveness in particular will be very difficult to show because the risk of serious disease after infection in this age group is miniscule.
Asked again about whether another emergency declaration was forthcoming, more weaseling. Don’t worry, the Governor is scared shitless about how his poll numbers look right now and he isn’t going to risk further free fall by acknowledging how worthless his efforts to date to suppress the virus have been.
And I want to go back to something that was said at the prior briefing by Kris Errorsperson. She referred to events in the fully vaxed as “collateral damage”. I don’t know what that means, but it is an odd way to refer to those events. It implies that the unvaccinated are responsible for infecting the fully vaccinated, but they have no data to support that. In fact, there are studies showing transmission from the fully vaxed to the fully vaxed and fully vaxed to the unvaxed. So the implication is that the unvaxed are transgressors and the fully vaxed are victims. That isn’t accurate.