The Delusional Ideology of Mask and Booster Mandates

Remember when the COVID vaccines were going to entirely prevent infections? 

Those were the days, right? 

Joe Biden said that if you got the vaccines, you wouldn’t get COVID. Dr. Fauci said the vaccines were 100% effective. Rochelle Walensky was on television news explaining that according to the real world data collected by the CDC, the vaccinated could not get or spread COVID.

There are endless examples of experts and media outlets parroting the same talking points — the vaccines stop the spread of the virus to others, making the decision to get vaccinated a societal “good.”

They could not have been more wrong — the vaccines conclusively do not stop transmission or infection.

Instead of accepting that inarguable reality and accurately communicating that getting vaccinated was exclusively an individual decision that did nothing to keep others “safe,” the self-proclaimed infallible leaders of The Science™ doubled then tripled then quadrupled down. 

Throughout the summer and into early fall, colleges, corporations and politicians imposed vaccine mandates based on the misguided assumptions emanating from the supposed “expert” class.

When the fall and winter/Omicron surge unfolded, it permanently put to rest any lingering doubts about any of the vaccines preventing infections. Instead of deciding to end their policies and blaze a path back to normalcy, these same businesses and universities inexplicably mandated boosters.

It’s bad enough that organizations supposedly committed to personal “choice” abandoned any pretense of intellectual consistency, but what’s more alarming is that evidence and data continues to accumulate indicating that vaccinated individuals are testing positive at higher rates, yet the policies continue.

Many corporations still require proof of vaccination to enter offices. Universities are still requiring proof of a booster dose for 18 year olds at near zero risk of serious illness. 

Recently, research from Cornell University described how ineffective mask mandates were, but by examining another major university’s COVID data, we can see how ineffective their mandates are.

Below is the official policy of one of the country’s leading public universities, mandating a vaccine that exclusively provides personal benefits:

The University of California requires that UCLA students, faculty and staff who are living, working or learning on campus or at other UCLA properties be vaccinated against COVID-19

They even proudly state how few exceptions they allow, forcing near universal compliance:

With limited exceptions and accommodations for medical reasons or religious beliefs

Of course, their own data shows how preposterous, inexplicable and bizarrely authoritarian their mandate has become.

The percentage of positive tests from UCLA on campus testing highlights the incongruence of reality with their policy:

They already knew that their vaccine mandate was not preventing a dramatic increase in the rate of positive tests. They knew. And they mandated boosters anyway.

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