If you thought the vaccine was finally going to offer an off-ramp for all the quasi-religious insanity surrounding COVID on the left, think again. Jen Psaki took the podium today to let it be known that masks and social distancing are here to stay even after you get vaccinated.
Apparently, actual science need not apply in this discussion, only the whims of partisan, government officials.
PSAKI: “Even after you’re vaccinated, social distancing and wearing masks will be essential.” pic.twitter.com/UpbtgGG1XG
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 4, 2021
Vaccines are, of course, not 100% effective. It is possible to carry the disease after getting a vaccination, though studies show it’s a very small percentage chance that someone would become highly infectious. Regardless, that’s going to be true from here unto eternity. There will always be the chance even a vaccinated person could contract the disease and die or that they could spread the disease to someone else. The point is risk mitigation pushed to a certain statistical threshold, not “shutting down the virus” or whatever other stupid, anti-science line Joe Biden went with during the campaign.
Further, you have to take human behavior into account. Telling people that nothing changes after they get the vaccine is a sure fire way to discourage people from getting the vaccine. The same applied to the constant goal post moving with lock downs and mask wearing. You have to be realistic with public policy pronouncements or people will just throw their hands up. If you keep telling people the same mitigation must remain even after vaccination, a lot of people aren’t going to bother to sign up and go wait in line.
Dave Rubin saw this clip and went off about it.
6 months from now they’re gonna say this is all they have to do to keep us safe… pic.twitter.com/C8OmjDuFqI
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) February 4, 2021
Chris Stigall also chimed in. As a side note, I was on his show on Tuesday if you want to go check out that podcast.
There it is. Even after you get the thing we’ve all been waiting on to return to normal, you’ll never be allowed to return to normal. https://t.co/ErhZ8zDSj0
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) February 4, 2021
This is stupidity of politicians as a whole. The Biden administration has no ability to grasp the unintended consequences of their statements so you get stuff like this, with the president’s press secretary giving edicts from on high and just assuming they’ll be followed. Of course, there’s also the fact that masks simply don’t work. I’m not sure how much more evidence of that we need. The correlation between spread and mask wearing simply doesn’t exist, and in fact, we see the inverse at times, furthering showing their ineffectiveness.
I’ll end by noting that some of this is simply about power as well. Politicians love to throw their weight around, especially Democrat politicians. The expansion of government authority over the last year has been massive, and it’s going to take a lot to take that back. That’s mostly going to come in the form of just ignoring them and living your life.