NBC News talked this week to a doctor from the University of Washington who spent his airtime warning Americans that even if they go out and get the coronavirus vaccine, it doesn’t mean they can put their masks in the trash and go back to living a normal, healthy human existence. No, no, folks: You have to wait until the majority of Americans have gotten inoculated, which could take until the middle of next year…if even then. After all, a bunch of people are already saying they’re not going to take the vaccine. Maybe – whether you’re vaccinated or not – you’ll just have to wear a mask and stay home for the rest of your natural life!
Or, at the very least, until a benevolent Democrat tells you it’s okay to emerge from your bunker.
In an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Dr. Vin Gupta said he was taken aback after seeing someone get excited about taking a trip after they received their vaccination.
“Just for your viewers out there, I know one of the officials who we just saw getting vaccinated is planning on traveling after the second dose. This is a source of confusion,” Gupta said. “This is one of the misperceptions out there. Just because you get vaccinated with that second dose does not mean you should be participating in things like traveling in the middle of an out of control pandemic or that you’re liberated from wearing masks.
“Everything still applies until all of us get the two dose regimen, and we don’t think that’s going to happen until June or July,” he continued. “And, again, this goes back to what we just talked about, Chuck. We don’t know if just getting the vaccination prevents serious illness, or does it also prevent you from getting infection entirely? Meaning, you can still get infected with the virus potentially and pass it on to others. So, really, really critical — don’t let your guard down just because you got vaccinated. You still might be able to get infected with the virus and pass it on to others, so please keep that in mind.”
Somehow, we found ourselves thinking about NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock, when we listened to the doctor’s words. Peacock is free if you want access to their limited library and don’t mind watching plenty of ads. It then costs $5 a month if you want access to the entire library and don’t mind watching plenty of ads. Its highest tier is $10 a month, which gives you access to the entire library and no ads. Except there’s an asterisk on that last part…you’re still going to have to watch some ads.
That’s…not a compelling reason to sign up for the highest tier. And if the PSA about this vaccine is “Go get it and absolutely nothing will change,” that’s a sure-fire recipe for a low turnout.