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Waterford city, Ireland is fast becoming popular online for these two pictures attached to each other. Waterford is the largest city in the South East of Ireland, famous for its crystal, its ancient status as the first city founded in Ireland, and for its local food, namely a bread called the blaa (true story). It is also my city as I am within 20 minutes of its centre, albeit in a different county.
But Waterford is now becoming popular in an unwanted fashion. Over the last week, these two images have circulated as a reply to the covid vaccine mandaters, Covid vaccine pushers, and pro-Covid vaccine extremists (or fascists if we are honest). The reason is simple enough.
Waterford county and Waterford city have one of the highest take-ups of Covid vaccine in Ireland. So high that it’s above 90%. I think the county rate of Covid vaccine take-up is higher than the city’s which is being possibly conflated in the pictures, but it doesn’t really matter, as numbers are nearly the same.
The vast majority of Waterford people got the shot as a means to get back to normal. Full disclosure, I too got the shot. Not that I wanted to, I had severe doubts about its effectiveness. Nevertheless, I got it due to personal reasons. I don’t judge anyone who has taken it or anyone who has refused or will not. It’s not my place and it’s not my job. I’m not a CNN worker, vaccine denier, or vaccine fascist.
Anyway, something is amiss in Waterford. As one can see with one of the highest uptakes of the vaccine in Ireland, something strange is happening. The Covid rates and cases in Waterford have rapidly gone up. In fact over the last week, Waterford now has more Covid cases than Ireland’s capital city Dublin and its second city Cork, with each having a far higher population. In short, the Covid vaccine, where a huge percentage of the population is vaccinated, has failed to cut the number of Covid cases. Rather the number is now climbing right as winter kicks in.
This story is now becoming one of the most commonly searched topics in Ireland and I’m sure is being seen abroad. What does this mean? Why is this happening? What does it say about the effect of the vaccine? People are rightly curious. As of now, the fourth estate in Ireland is downplaying or ignoring the story. A common tactic in both the USA and Ireland to inconvenient news. And this is if we are honest; very inconvenient especially to the Joe Bidens of this world. A vaccine that does not seem to reduce Covid numbers in a population where the vast majority are using it raises disturbing questions.
Perhaps risk compensation is involved. That is as so many Waterford people have the shot they are forgetting to do the anti-Covid basics: washing hands, social distancing, and taking risks. Many more people of all ages are congregating in Waterford now that did not do so last October. Perhaps the vaccine has reduced their threat sensors. As a result, they are doing things that lead to numbers rising. Perhaps it’s the new variants. It could also be the vaccine has cut the death rate for Covid (to be fair, it has worked in that regard) and is not designed to fully block Covid, merely turn the virus mild for those who have taken it.
But for many Covid pushers, this shouldn’t be happening. The vaccine is supposed to stop the virus. That’s what the media and many politicians’ narratives have been. That’s why they justify mandating or putting in legal restrictions against the unvaxxed.
Yet Waterford is proving them as ignorant or liars. The honest truth seems that whilst the vaccine is lowering the death rates of Covid across the world but it is not killing the disease. That means Covid is going to stay with us. This isn’t what the Covid masters were insisting for months. They have said it does both.
But Waterford also raises another question. Take out the risk compensation and the relaxed attitude of people here as causes for the spike, or the new Covid variation; we may have to look at the vaccine itself. Have the vaccines affected the increase? I honestly don’t know but it’s time for people to ask that question.Published in