By Wayne D. Murray, M.D.
The same way a person wearing a seatbelt can die in accident, so, too, a fully-vaccinated person can die of Covid-19.
A vaccinated person develops some degree of protection to lessen the burden of Covid-19 infection and, thus, is an added tool to have, like a seatbelt worn, but final outcomes still vary.
Why I raise this?
The death of persons that were unvaccinated seems to be the biggest selling point to promote vaccinations. The concept seems straightforward but no one knows if, indeed, the said person would not have died if they were vaccinated, as most have underlying medical conditions. It is also linear reasoning to think that even with vaccinations as primary protection some of the persons might have died still.
Point to be taken
At present, we have more unvaccinated persons than vaccinated. Probability of death in this scenario is more likely in the unvaccinated group. When both groups are near even (50/50) we would possibly see a number of vaccinated persons die of Covid-19 and it is at this point that using death as selling point could backfire.
The use of death as a point in promoting vaccinations is akin to using salt as a flavouring ingredient. You have to know that point of limitation as if you overstep it, you ruin your meal — and it does not take much to do so!
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