Letter To The Editor: Why Do We Still Have Vaccine Passports?
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Letter to the editor:
The cross-country truckers' convoy in protest of vaccine mandates and the U.K.'s abandonment of vaccine passports has brought this subject to the fore again. Why do we still have vaccine passports?
The two fundamental reasons our governments have given for this mandate are to stop infection and transmission of the virus, and to ease the burden on our hospitals.
We all know that the vaccine does NOT stop infection or transmission. There's no debate about that, so I won't belabour that point other than to say that according to Ontario's Cases by Vaccination Status, the vaccinated are getting infected more than the unvaccinated.
But I do want to talk about the second reason.
Our government claims that our hospitals are overburdened by COVID-19 cases, but that is simply not true.
There are currently about 2,200 people in hospitals throughout Ontario waiting to be transferred to a long-term care facility. That's over 2,200 hospital beds and other healthcare resources tied up, and the median time to get into LTC from a hospital is about 4 months. This log jam is having a greater impact on our hospitals than unvaccinated patients are.
On January 19th there were 4,132 people in hospitals in Ontario with a positive COVID test, but 1,926 of them were 'incidental positives', meaning only 53% were actually being treated for COVID-19. Of those 4,132 people, 770 were unvaccinated, 174 partially vaccinated, 2,044 were fully vaccinated, and the rest were of unknown status.
Ontario currently has about 17,000 acute care beds, which means that unvaccinated patients make up about 4% of Ontario's total acute bed occupancy and fully+partially vaccinated patients occupy about 13% of beds. But remember, only 53% of those are actually being treated specifically for COVID-19, so the actual percentages are even lower.
On January 19th there were 589 patients in ICU in Ontario, but 105 of them were 'incidental positives', meaning only 82% of those were actually being treated for COVID-19. Of those 589 patients, 185 were unvaccinated, 18 were partially vaccinated, 224 were fully vaccinated, and the rest were of unknown status.
Ontario currently has about 2,400 ICU beds, which means that unvaccinated patients made up about 30% of Ontario's total ICU bed capacity and fully+partially vaccinated patients occupy about 41% of the ICU beds. But remember again that only 82% of those were actually being treated specifically for COVID-19. The actual percentages are even lower.
So the total number of unvaccinated patients in hospital is very low compared to overall hospital occupancy. There are more people in Ontario hospitals waiting to be transferred to LTC facilities than there are unvaccinated patients. There are more fully vaccinated patients in Ontario hospitals than there are unvaccinated patients.
My point is, the two fundamental reasons our governments gave for their mRNA vaccination passport are invalid. The shots do NOT stop infection or transmission, and the unvaccinated are NOT causing undue pressure on our healthcare system. So why do we still have vaccine passports?
There are other factors to consider related to mandatory vaccination too, such as the risk/benefit ratio in certain demographics, naturally acquired immunity after recovery from COVID-19, and the lack of early outpatient treatment to keep the most vulnerable out of hospital, none of which our governments have considered in their policy. Yet even in light of the futility of the vaccine passport, our government, unlike that of the U.K., refuses to reconsider.
Someone needs to tell our policy makers that admitting they're wrong is a sign of intelligence, not ignorance.
by Ruby Truax