I don't know what's going to happen with all these varient-breeding factories running around yelling about "freedom." From the very beginning of this thing I said it would take between one and two million American deaths to persuade them to act like responsible members of the community. As of this afternoon, COVID had killed around 838,000 Americans, not nearly enough for a QAnon Trumper to snap out of it-- and not nearly enough for any U.S. government to take the measures needed to force these sociopaths to get vaccinated. Not a single state has the 80-90% of its residents fully vaccinated, something that would presage the end the pandemic. The only states even close are 5 anti-Trump states:
Vermont- 77% fully vaccinated (30.7% Trump)
Rhode Island- 76% fully vaccinated (38.6% Trump)
Maine- 75% fully vaccinated (44.0% Trump)
Connecticut- 74% fully vaccinated (39.2% Trump)
Massachusetts- 74% fully vaccinated (32.1% Trump)
Compare that to the disease-ridden hellholes where they still think there is no need to get vaccinated:
Idaho- 46% fully vaccinated (63.8% Trump)
Wyoming- 47% fully vaccinated (69.9% Trump)
Alabama- 47% fully vaccinated (62.0% Trump)
Mississippi- 48% fully vaccinated (57.6% Trump)
Louisiana- 50% fully vaccinated (58.5% Trump)
Yesterday Roland's uncle Jules, a Mainer, passed away, 13 days after being infected. He wasn't even a Trumper, just someone-- someone old-- who wanted to wait before getting vaccinated because he felt vaccines should take at least a decade to make.
Another friend of mine got a super-mild case and was sick for two days, then felt fine-- and went to see a friend and infected him.
As for the worldwide, number-- 5,509,113 dead-- Trumpers don't even care about people dying outside of their own family or tribe, let alone worldwide. And they don't travel or even have passports.
This morning, the NY Times reported that as Omicron "swarms across the country, hospitals in Ohio running low on beds and staff recently took out a full-page newspaper advertisement pleading with unvaccinated Americans to finally get the shot. It read, simply: 'Help.' But in a suburban Ohio café, Jackie Rogers, 58, an accountant, offered an equally succinct response on behalf of unvaccinated America: 'Never.'" Among sociopaths and imbeciles "opposition to vaccines has hardened from skepticism and wariness into something approaching an article of faith for the approximately 39 million American adults who have yet to get a single dose."
Now, health experts say the roughly 15 percent of the adult population that remains stubbornly unvaccinated is at the greatest risk of severe illness and death from the Omicron variant, and could overwhelm hospitals that are already brimming with Covid patients. In Cleveland, where Omicron cases are soaring, a hospital unit at the Cleveland Clinic that provides life support to the sickest patients is already completely full.
Compounding the problem, the pace of first-time vaccinations appears to be plateauing this month even as Omicron takes hold, and the numbers of children getting vaccinated and eligible adults getting booster shots are lower than some health experts hoped. Around 20 percent of children 5 to 11 years old have gotten a dose of vaccine. And only around one in three fully vaccinated Americans has gotten a booster.
It is still too early to know whether spiking numbers of Omicron infections in New York, the rest of the Northeast and the Midwest will be followed by a surge in hospitalizations and deaths. Early studies suggest the new variant may cause less severe illness than previous variants did.
But so far, the threat of Omicron is doing little to change people’s minds. Nearly 90 percent of unvaccinated adults said the variant would not spur them to get shots, according to a recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
And some of the unvaccinated said that Omicron’s wily ability to infect vaccinated people only reaffirmed their decision to not get the shot. Others say the virus’s changing nature has stiffened their resolve not to get it.
“It’s just another variant,” said Dianne Putnam, an unvaccinated resident of Dalton, Ga., and president of her county’s Republican Party, who spent six days in the hospital this summer after contracting Covid-19. “Next year there’ll be another one. I mean, there’s going to always be different variants.”
Public-health campaigns and employee vaccine mandates have made progress since the summer at reducing the ranks of unvaccinated fence-sitters, people without easy access to health care and those who were hesitant but persuadable.
The remaining ranks of unvaccinated Americans steadfastly opposed to getting a shot tend to be younger, whiter and more Republican than those who have received the vaccine or are still considering one, surveys have shown.
At least six million first doses have been given in December since Omicron was first detected in the United States. But those numbers come with a caveat: Boosters can sometimes be misclassified as first doses, potentially leading to an overcount of how many Americans are getting their first shots, the C.D.C. has warned.
Booster shots, now the preoccupation of many state and federal health officials, have made up a greater portion of the roughly 1.5 million doses administered each day around the country in recent weeks. The rate of first doses given was similarly sluggish in the late summer, when roughly 300,000 were given each day, dropping even more before regulators authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech shot for young children in October, when the rate of first doses began climbing again.
The number of adults vaccinated has steadily improved since six months ago, when roughly 170 million had received a first shot, compared with around 220 million on Saturday, an increase driven in part by mandates.
Low vaccination rates are still heavily concentrated in rural areas and the South, with Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Alabama near the bottom. Those states have recorded around half of their population as fully vaccinated, well below the national rate of about 62 percent.
In interviews across the country, unvaccinated people said they had grown inured to public-health messages from exhausted doctors and nurses and even pleas from their own families, as vaccinations have become entangled in the country’s politics. Even though mandates have been shown to significantly improve vaccination rates in places and at companies that enact them, they said they were dead-set against President Biden’s efforts and had tuned out his appeals for Americans to get vaccinated as a patriotic duty.
“The nail in the coffin was when they said you had to get the vaccine. It definitely turned me away,” said Cyrarra Bricker, 26, a sales representative in Fort Worth.
The United States continues to see a stark partisan divide in vaccination rates, with more than 91 percent of adult Democrats receiving at least one shot, compared with about 60 percent of adult Republicans.
Over the past week, Trump made two full-throated endorsements of vaccines that many of his supporters have rejected, drawing praise from Biden.
...Still, many members of right-wing media continue to spout anti-vaccine rhetoric and disinformation, dissuading many from getting the shot.
At the same time, Republican governors and attorneys general are fighting to block the administration’s vaccine mandates for federal contractors, health care workers and Head Start programs. Anti-vaccine activists have applauded moves by Gov. <https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-outbreak-cruise-ship-carnival-freedom/>Ron DeSantis of Florida<> and Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, both Republicans, to thwart vaccine requirements by schools or private businesses.
Dr. José Romero, the Arkansas health secretary, said his state’s vaccination rate, which is hardly budging, reflected how deep the opposition to the shot was among those left to convince.
“Unfortunately, we can’t say that we’ve identified a single thing that has really moved the needle in any great extent,” Dr. Romero said. “It’s just a slow chipping away at this. It’s sort of a mouse eating the elephant one bit at a time. And you just keep going.”
In Washington, as the Supreme Court is set to hear challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates, White House officials see few remaining policy levers to pull. Domestic airline passenger vaccination requirements are one of the few tools still at President Biden’s disposal that could meaningfully increase the ranks of the vaccinated. But the administration does not have plans to enact them for now, senior officials said.
...In Cleveland, the Covid picture is one of the bleakest in the country. Intensive care units are crammed with patients with the Delta variant, with a surge of new Omicron infections looming. New infections in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, have grown by 234 percent in the past two weeks.
Ohio, where 60 percent of people have gotten at least one shot, now has the country’s highest rate of Covid-19 hospitalization, and doctors say emergency rooms and I.C.U.s are running out of beds. They are being forced to call people in from holiday vacations as growing breakthrough infections whittle away at their staff levels.
There was just a single open bed in a sixth-floor intensive care unit at the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday morning, where about 90 percent of I.C.U. patients were unvaccinated. The demand for intensive care has gotten so great that when a bed opens up, nurses are cleaning rooms and moving patients themselves to make space for the next patient.
Nearly 29,000 Ohioans have died after being infected with COVID. With 62% of American fully vaccinated, Ohio lags badly with just 55% fully vaccinated. But that doesn't tell the full story. These are the dozen Ohio counties that voted most strongly for Trump last year. Look at their vaccination rates!
Holmes Co.- 83.2% Trump (17% fully vaccinated)
Putnam Co.- 82.3% Trump (46% fully vaccinated)
Mercer Co.- 81.8% Trump (37% fully vaccinated)
Adams Co.- 81.3% Trump (33% fully vaccinated)
Darke Co.- 81.0% Trump (37% fully vaccinated)
Noble Co.- 80.9% Trump (41% fully vaccinated)
Shelby Co.- 80.7% Trump (34% fully vaccinated)
Auglaize Co.- 80.5% Trump (38% fully vaccinated)
Highland Co.- 79.7% Trump (36% fully vaccinated)
Brown Co.- 78.0% Trump (39% fully vaccinated)
Preble Co.- 77.9% Trump (41% fully vaccinated)
Van Wert Co.- 77.7% Trump (41% fully vaccinated)
These folks in the video below, at the ReAwaken America Show-- which featured a veritable 3 ring circus of fringe far right characters like Eric Trump, Michael Flynn, Alex Jones, Ken Paxton, Sidney Powell and the My Pillow Guy-- are unmasked and many were also unvaccinated. Some were infected with COVID and they claim they were victims of a CIA Anthrax attack, an entirely baseless conspiracy theory like the rest of the nonsense they were being sold.