The Purge: Call Me Ishmael

The Purge: Call Me Ishmael

For the last 27 years, I have been a professor at Boston College, teaching a mix of literature and writing courses to thousands of students. Then along came the booster mandates. When the initial vaccines came out, my wife and I received ours. We had strong reservations about the mRNA vaccines and had decided we […]

The Vaxxed and Boosted Get COVID But Praise Vaccines for “Mild” Symptoms

The Vaxxed and Boosted Get COVID But Praise Vaccines for “Mild” Symptoms

In an opinion piece for The Vaccine Reaction earlier this year titled “Vaccinated Americans Count Their Blessings Despite Getting COVID,” I cited several members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who had been fully vaccinated but still tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, joining the growing number of vaccinated people in the United […]

CDC Lacking Data on Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections

Back in May, the CDC decided to only track severe breakthrough COVID cases in order to better monitor overall conditions. But, according to a piece in Politico, the agency is using outdated and unreliable data and it’s impacting the Biden administration’s ability to make major pandemic decisions, including who needs to get booster shots and […]

CDC Pressured to Track Breakthrough COVID Cases Among the Vaccinated

The CDC says of more than 159 million Americans who are fully vaccinated, about 5,000 have been hospitalized and about 1,000 have died. One piece of data missing, though, is how many breakthrough infections there’ve been in the U.S., not just those that result in severe disease. Studying this more could get to questions like […]

If You’re Vaccinated, You’re Protected… or Not

If You’re Vaccinated, You’re Protected… or Not

“If you’re vaccinated, you’re protected. If you’re unvaccinated, you’re not protected.” These words, or some slight variation of them, are increasingly being used by U.S. government officials to encourage Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In a July 4, 2021 interview on ABC’s “This Week,” White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients was asked, “What does […]

Yankees’ Torres Positive for COVID Despite Being Vaccinated

The New York Yankees were missing several people as they finished they’re series against the Tampa Bay Rays today. Eight New York Yankee players and staff have now tested positive for COVID-19 and every single cases is what is being called a “breakthrough case,” which means all the members were fully vaccinated but still tested […]

CDC Intentionally Undercounting COVID-19 “Breakthrough Cases” in Vaccinated Persons

CDC Intentionally Undercounting COVID-19 “Breakthrough Cases” in Vaccinated Persons

When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed its mask-wearing guidelines on May 13, 2021, it assured Americans, “The science is clear: If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic.” But that assurance should be accompanied with […]