Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Scary Talk: No Malarky

I finally got a chance to parse President Biden's speech concerning the omicron variant of COVID... he was appropriately scary, but I think he was a bit too optimistic about the percentage of the population that refuses to get vaccinated.  The federal government is assisting in increasing anti-pandemic measures nationwide:

Three weeks ago, I laid out a COVID-19 Action Plan for this winter that prepared us for this moment. Today, we’re making the plan even stronger. 

 First, we’re setting up our vaccination and booster efforts — we’re stepping it up significantly. In the past two weeks, we’ve seen the highest vaccination rates since last spring. And we aren’t as vaccinated, as a country, as we should be, though. That’s why we have added 10,000 new vaccination sites on top of the 80,000 sites that are already we had — we already had in place, and even more will open in January. 

 I know there are some parts of this country where people are very eager to get their booster, where it’s harder to get an appointment.  So starting this week, I’ll be deploying hundreds more vaccinators and more sites to help get the booster shots in people’s arms. 

I’ve ordered FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency –- to stand up new pop-up vaccination clinics all across the country where you can get that booster shot. We’ve opened —  we’ve opened FEMA vaccination sites in Washington State and New Mexico recently as cases have increased. And today, I’m directing FEMA to stand up new sites in areas where there is high demand. 

That's all well and good, but the big problem is reluctance on the part of idiots to take advantage of these vaccination opportunities.  You just can't save people who are hell-bent on self-immolation.  The President laid out his case for vaccinations, but the people who hate him won't take heed:

The answer is straightforward: If you are not fully vaccinated, you have good reason to be concerned. You’re at a high risk of getting sick. And if you get sick, you’re likely to spread it to others, including friends and family. And the unvaccinated have a significantly higher risk of ending up in a hospital or even dying.  

He's appealing to the better nature of people who have no better nature, people who see his gentle rebuke of the idiots prolonging the pandemic as threats.

Biden's speech was appropriately scare, with not a trace of malarky, but the people who need to heed it are hostile to the truth, and those who listened without prejudice have no need for pandemic guidance.  I don't think we'll ever see the end of this plague.


Now Am Found! said...

agreed. merry christmas

JustMusing said...

No, no, no! We need pop up booths that treat cow pox or Anthrax or some such nuttery.

When the President says something is good, the idiot base swoons and proclaims quackery. Then the echo chamber spouts treatments that don't protect anyone, but does project the madness of the TFG's political infection.

As long as that is left untreated, new Covid variants will rise and we'll be getting more boosters; forever. I hope the newly announced one size fits all vaccine from the Army works.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Thanks, Now Am Found, and Merry Christmas to you!

That anthrax story is nuts, especially the bit where the originator claims that he survived because he was taking antibiotics for an injury caused by impaling himself in the leg with an arrow.

I hope the newly announced one size fits all vaccine from the Army works.

At least some of the DoD budget is being used to, you know, defend the American people.