Vax Too Ineffective to Curb COVID Spread in California: 6 Million Cases

California’s high vaccination rate of 84% does nothing to stop the state’s now record-level Covid-19 cases, raising questions about the vaccine’s efficacy.

QUICK FACTS:
  • More than 6 million cumulative coronavirus cases have now been reported in California, according to data compiled by The LA Times, as the vaccine is proving ineffective to slow the Omicron variant’s record-smashing race across the state.
  • The Times reports the Golden State logged 308,820 new infections, “a colossal figure that includes data from both Saturday and Sunday.”
  • Los Angeles County reported more than 225,000 new Covid-19 cases over the last week, including its three highest single-day totals of the entire pandemic.
  • County health officials announced the latest record: 45,584, on Sunday.
  • The large totals among the state’s highly-vaccinated population are likely an undercount, officials say, “as they don’t include many of those who may have self-diagnosed using an at-home test,” The Times notes.
  • But California is also suffering a sharp rise in hospitalizations, while as of Sunday, 11,048 coronavirus-positive patients were hospitalized statewide, “more than triple the number a month ago,” The Times also notes.
  • The rise in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in California raises questions about the vaccine’s efficacy, especially considering 84% of the state’s population is vaccinated, 66.9% fully, according to Google data.
  • Moreover, California is the most vaccinated state in the U.S., at 67.6 million doses, also according to Google data, casting more doubt on the jabs’ effectiveness.
Screenshot from Google.com taken January 10, 2022
Screenshot from Google.com taken January 10, 2022
EVEN WITH HIGH VACCINATION RATES, OFFICIALS WORRIED BY CASELOADS & HOSPITALIZATIONS:
  • “A certain proportion of a large volume of cases, no matter what, are going to be severe,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top medical advisor, while nearly three-quarters of the U.S. population has been vaccinated, 62.5% fully, says Google data.
  • Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health and human services secretary, recently said that California’s hospital census was approaching levels seen a year ago, according to The Times, even though the number of coronavirus-positive patients remains far lower.
  • “We are worried about the total hospital census. We are worried with the level of staff infections and the need for isolation and quarantine among the staff,” said Ghaly.
BACKGROUND:
  • California recorded its 5 millionth coronavirus case a little less than two months ago.
  • On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom responded to Omicron’s spread across his highly-vaccinated state by deploying the California National Guard to support COVID-testing sites throughout the state.