You ask some really good questions about the benefits of vaccinations. The way I’ve heard it explained is like this.
Full vaccination (2 shots) prevents serious illness and death 100 per cent of the time. Having one shot gives a person some protection from serious illness/death but not as much as having two shots.
But even fully vaccinated people can catch and transmit the virus. Although the risk of transmission (and serious illness mentioned earlier) are reduced.
So, there are still risks involved for fully vaccinated people that may prevent them from having special benefits re: travel and lockdown.
Did you hear about the parents separated from their new born baby in Qld? Flew in from Qatar, both fully vaccinated, and start 14-day quarantine. Both test negative to Covid multiple times.
Mum has an emergency C-section with 9 days to go in her quarantine. Neither parent is allowed to see or hold the baby for the full nine days till quarantine ends.
Now, I can see the risk of letting a potentially infectious person into a neo-natal unit. What I don’t get is why after being fully vaccinated the risk wasn’t reduced enough to let the parents see their baby, particularly if they wore the full personal protective gear which they were willing to do.
Either our authorities can’t get their heads around reduced risk once vaccinated or it’s not going to matter when it comes to their rules.
I’ve heard epidemiologists say we need 70 to 80 per cent of the population vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
If anyone knows different please pop in. I’m just going on recent news reports.
Kind thoughts to you