“There have been people who once said, you believe incomprehensible, contradictory, impossible things, because we have ordered you to do so; therefore do unjust things because we order you to do so. These people reasoned wonderfully. Certainly, whoever has the right to make you absurd has the right to make you unjust.“
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has banned the unvaccinated from indoor venues, including restaurants, fitness centers, and entertainment venues, according to a Dec. 21 press release. The ban will take effect on Jan. 15, 2022, for ages 12 and older.
The press release states that “As of December 14, 2021, 79% of the total Boston resident population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 68% are fully vaccinated. Only 31 percent of fully vaccinated Bostonians have been boosted. Among 5-11 year olds, only 30% have received their first dose of vaccine.”
Wu also said that “The vast majority of COVID-related hospitalizations are of unvaccinated individuals, which is impacting our entire healthcare system and compromising the health of our communities,” Wu added.
Michelle Wu seems to suggest that the “health of [the] communities,” which is predominantly vaccinated, is at risk because of the unvaccinated. The data suggests that transmission rates in the unvaccinated are no more or less than that of the vaccinated.
In a study published in the Lancet, it was found that “Vaccination reduces the risk of delta variant infection and accelerates viral clearance. Nonetheless, fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have peak viral load similar to unvaccinated cases and can efficiently transmit infection in household settings, including to fully vaccinated contacts. Host–virus interactions early in infection may shape the entire viral trajectory.”
As the efficacy of the vaccine wanes, breakthrough cases amongst the vaccinated have also been rising. In a study conducted by the CDC during an outbreak in August in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, 74% of individuals infected with COVID were fully vaccinated. 90% of the infected had the “Delta” variant.
The Omicron variant is considered to be much more mild.
The Mayor calls this initiative of banning unvaccinated individuals “B Together,” showcasing an example of COVID Newspeak. The initiative segregates Bostonians by medical status, not bring them together.
But overall, Democrats are not clandestine about their plans to make life for the unvaccinated harder. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has often repeated the need to mandate vaccinations for New Yorkers, once saying that “human beings do well when they have carrot and stick.” He’s also recently said during a CNN interview, that “human beings are pretty predictable. if you say, your paycheck depends on it, or your ability to enjoy life, and go do the things you want to do,’ people will make the practical decision…but we’re not pushing hard enough.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has also made her intentions clear as Chicago prepares to impose restrictions on the unvaccinated. She tweeted out, “If you have been living vaccine-free, your time is up.”
Democrat constituents do not seem to mind the draconian measures either.
On the federal level, Jen Psaki has said that President Biden has not ruled anything out in terms of vaccine mandates, including domestic travel. One journalist asked a question on implementing stricter mandates. “Why not go further in the direction of—of you know, public health and mandates given the potential risk and the fact that we are headed into winter?”
“Sure. Well, one—I would say that nothing is off the table. So—and including domestic travel,” Psaki replied.
During a meeting with medical advisors Thursday, Biden made the comment that “For unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death … for themselves, their families and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm.”
The statement was later repeated by White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients.
The dark and contemptuous tone that Democrats are using to talk about Americans has accelerated division across the country, eliciting resentment from both sides.