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As Santa Clara County nears herd immunity goal, vaccine hesitancy persists

Original post made on Jun 23, 2021

Misinformation and fear of unknown long-term health effects remain potent drivers to keeping some Santa Clara County residents from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new study.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:11 PM

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Posted by Blarney Trouble
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 23, 2021 at 5:50 pm

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"The county still needs 85,000 residents to reach an 85% vaccination rate — the number he said would put it solidly into the herd immunity category"

Who says 85% is "herd immunity"? Fauci said: 70%, then 75%, then 80%, admitting he "moved the goal posts" because he thought the public would accept it. No science, just shooting from his hip. Same as his comments on masks: "You don't need a mask, they can't capture the small particles of Covid 19" (because he wanted to save the masks for Health Care workers first); then Fauci said "you need a mask, but two masks are better". No science, just Fauci blather.

Also, how many have achieved natural immunity due to having survived Covid19, and have the antibodies? At least 5% up to 20% have the antibodies due to natural immunity (after recover from Covid19), so why are they not included in the herd immunity population?

Please follow the science, not the politics, of this pandemic.


Posted by Jim Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 23, 2021 at 5:57 pm

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Some people (not anti-vaxers but the reluctant to get innoculated) are waiting for some form of an official FDA approval.

With the Delta variant running wild and the upcoming fall flu season, a number of these folks may have to alter their thinking


Posted by Willis Freeman
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 24, 2021 at 7:23 am

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Posted by Johannes Siefert
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2021 at 8:21 am

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There is no FDA approval at present to confirm the overall safety and efficacy of these various anti-Covid innoculations.

And while I have chosen to get vaccinated (completed my #2 last week), the post-innoculation side effects vary including mild fever, flu-like symptoms, muscle ache and fatigue.

And it remains unclear whether a vaccinated individual can still pass on Covid-19 to others or whether one can still contract it after receiving these shots.

The vaccinations remain a crapshoot at best and they are only a precautionary measure.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2021 at 9:18 am

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Let's hope the areas where only 50% are vaccinated can do better. Those are the troubling numbers (and places) to me. For the most part, we in Santa Clara County have done our part.


Posted by Jack Whitaker
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 24, 2021 at 11:36 am

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Haiti has a 0% vaccination rate because the government refused receipt of the Astra-Zenica vaccine due to blood clotting reports.


Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 24, 2021 at 12:37 pm

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I read recently that Santa Clara County has the highest vaccination percentages of any reporting county in the USA. Could this possibly be due to the extremely high percentage of highly intelligent, highly-educated people in SCC??? Educational achievement is the highest predictive factor that correlates with people's political and social views, and vaccination unfortunately has become apolitical and a social hot button issue thanks to "misinformation" campaigns by unscrupulous or highly ignorant organizations and people.


Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Jun 24, 2021 at 2:13 pm

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Hitchens,

SCC has the highest vaccination % of any large county in the country. There are numerous mid and small sized counties that are higher, such as Marin.


Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Jun 24, 2021 at 2:31 pm

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Blarney,

Where is the scientific evidence that a COVID-19 provides a durable and long-lasting immunity?


Posted by Blarney Trouble
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 24, 2021 at 2:44 pm

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"Where is the scientific evidence that a COVID-19 provides a durable and long-lasting immunity?"

I never do anything for my children that they can't do for themselves, so look to google for your answers. Lots of doctors have answered your question already. Get yourself educated so you won't be laughed at by William Hitchens from above.

"Durable and long-lasting", you mean like the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines? Like those vaccines that Fauci said earlier this month will possibly need a booster since they are not "long-lasting"?


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 24, 2021 at 2:45 pm

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1. [Portion removed.] The expectation that he will always be correct is not realistic. The information changes constantly and he can’t predict the future. Not to mention the media interviews him every 2 minutes and then plays the “I gotcha!!” game with him. Stop with the silly Fauci blame game. It’s not his fault.

2. “Many black families have not forgotten about the syphilis 'vaccinations'/ No FDA approval either...just another white racist experiment”
No it’s not. If this was targeting people of color again like the syphilis vaccinations then why are so many white people getting vaccinated? Only people in our country think this way. When vaccinations opened up in India(people of color) 8.6 million people in India rolled up their sleeves. But sure roll the dice with Covid. It’s your choice. Also, the vaccines are approved for emergency use right now but will be fully approved soon enough.
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3. “The vaccinations remain a crapshoot at best and they are only a precautionary measure.”
Finally. This. Sigh. No they aren’t. This just in:
Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.

An Associated Press analysis of available government data from May shows that “breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more than 853,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. That’s about 0.1%.

And only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people. That translates to about 0.8%, or five deaths per day on average.

Wow. That’s pretty good for a “crapshoot” and all.
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Posted by No heat
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 24, 2021 at 3:37 pm

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The fraction of population vaccinated needed for herd immunity has gone up over time because we've gotten more infectious variants, so each infected person infects a larger number of people, and because the vaccines used in the US are slightly less effective against the new variants.

The Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccines in the US happened *after* a sample of tens of thousands of volunteers took the vaccines, and a similar group of people did. The ones who took it got infected at a much lower rate. Web Link

That's how we know these vaccines work, and that they're reasonably safe. The pre-authorization studies didn't rule out the possibility that there are side effects which are so rare that only 1-2 people per million get them, but when faced with a disease which kills over 1% of the people it infects, the decision to get the vaccine is a no-brainer.

That's why I got vaccinated, and why I encourage everybody else to do the same. FREE appointments here: Web Link


Posted by Jane
a resident of Ventura
on Jun 24, 2021 at 10:55 pm

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Some people are waiting to see what the longer term data have to say about risks and side effects. It's not unreasonable for individuals to want to wait a few months until they've been out for an actual whole year. There's a reason why the various vaccines out there are not fully approved, and why they keep stopping and starting distribution of different ones.

This is still shaking out. You don't know what people's family history or personal medical history are, or why they may want to wait. Got a family history of clotting disorders? Had certain cancer treatments recently? Etc etc, things that increase adverse reactions to immunizations? Maybe it makes sense to be in the back of the line until there's more data. 85% acceptance is going to be quite an accomplishment.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 25, 2021 at 6:26 am

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@Jane, 90% of those getting infected by the new Delta strain and the vast majority of those now dying from it are those refusing to be vaccinated.

Not trolling, just reporting a fact.

Speaking of Trump, have you followed the recent reports that A) 900 Secret Service agents got Covid because of his refusal to mask up and B) that he almost died from it and STILL underestimated the severity of Covid. For OTHERS. While getting special treatment for himself.


Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 25, 2021 at 8:32 am

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SCC is 25% Asian, so why weren't they represented in this study? Seems strange to leave them out.


Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 25, 2021 at 8:53 am

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@ The Voice of Palo Alto: "Trumpian?"

For all of the valid criticisms of former President Trump, I think that you're misguided in brining him up in this discussion. I believe that the shining highlight of his administration will not be the historically great economy but the success of "Operation Warp Speed" -- the monumental rapid development and implementation of vaccines to combat COVID-19.

Whereas President Biden criticized Trump's "handling" of the pandemic, he is always quick to accept credit for the fruit of the Trump Administration's preeminent COVID-19 response.

I think that the best method of getting more people to become vaccinated is to constantly bombard them with the message of IT IS FREE FOR EVERYONE, WHY IT IS IMPORTANT and WHERE TO GO. You'd be surprised by how many people don't know.


Posted by Sam Willoughby
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 25, 2021 at 9:10 am

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"Whereas President Biden criticized Trump's "handling" of the pandemic, he is always quick to accept credit for the fruit of the Trump Administration's preeminent COVID-19 response."

Concurring....President Trump initiated Project Warp Speed and Biden is getting most of the credit for it.

The 2021 administration change and the subsequent implementation of the mass vaccination program had a lot to do with this.

Another example...the Obamaphone program was actually initiated during the late stages of George W. Bush's administration but implemented during Obama's first term in office as it takes time to get the balls rolling.


"I think that the best method of getting more people to become vaccinated is to constantly bombard them with the message of IT IS FREE FOR EVERYONE,"

And include some sort of monetary promotion like they do with Publisher's Clearinghouse...no purchase required.

Gavin Newsom has already implemented this concept.


Posted by No heat
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 25, 2021 at 9:26 am

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@Jane Moderna started phase 3 trials - where they gave the vaccine to tens of thousands of people, on June 27, 2020, almost exactly a year ago. Web Link

If you were waiting for a year to pass from when we started giving the vaccine to large numbers of people, schedule yourself for an appointment next week. Web Link


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2021 at 9:30 am

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I think the best way to get the message across is to remind people that most of the recent deaths are in people who were unvaccinated. Tell them that not only are the numbers of positive cases way down, but that the numbers of serious cases requiring hospitalization are way down and that those hospital stays are much shorter. This is all due to vaccines.

People think they are making intelligent decisions for whatever reason. The numbers are still being broadcast on a daily basis. But it is only understanding what the data really means that shows how the vaccines are working to fight the virus.

We are winning this battle because the serious side effects for vaccinated people who encounter the virus show that the vaccines are working. The good news is that the vaccines are making the difference. The data proves the vaccines are working.

The virus is not going away, but for vaccinated people we are winning and that is the success story. Like the common cold, or like many other diseases, it is still going to be around. But being able to get vaccinated and then live a fairly normal life without fear is now a reality.


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 25, 2021 at 10:43 am

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1. Approval vs. EUA:
Both authorization and approval are rigorous processes that look at the safety and efficacy of a vaccine. A key difference between the two is that at least two months of follow-up data from phase 3 clinical trials are considered for authorization, versus at least six months for approval. The FDA will take several months to review the full set of data before granting approval. With nearly 300 million doses administered in the U.S., "there's nothing about that review process that's going to reveal anything we don't know." "Yes, it's kind of a formal stamp of approval, but I don't think it really provides much more than what we already know," he said. "We have more data on vaccine safety than with any other vaccine, even before the review of the full approval." "If you wait a month or two or three, you're exposing yourself to risk that is unnecessary and preventable," he said. So you know…it’s not “still shaking out.”
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2. Yes. There are some exceptions to the rule for people who may have a medical issue with taking the vaccine. That’s legitimate but doesn’t represent a majority.
3. Trump did nothing but name it OWS. It was an empty shell until Biden took over. The scientists did all of the work. He also inherited the economy and did nothing for that either. Wait…he golfed.
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Posted by Blarney Trouble
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 25, 2021 at 10:54 am

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Lots of comments on why the unvaccinated should get the jab.... and the "99.99% of current cases/deaths are from unvaccinated", well, how many of current cases/deaths are from those with natural immunity? Basically zero.

So, what about the 5-20% who have natural immunity? They survived Covid19, have the antibodies and natural immunity at least as strong a the vaccines, so why should they get the jab? Science please, no emotional non-scientific arguments please.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2021 at 1:08 pm

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Hey, Mr. Voice: I am sorry that the moderators ended the other topic. I don't mind being disagreed with. I think debate is good. One side only is not democracy. However, your cited evidence was from early May. I have been to two Hawaiian Islands since then and the California governor's 'fully vaxxed don't have to wear masks' date was at least 5-6 weeks later. So, Was that really responsive to our discussion on current fully vaccinated mask wearing?


Posted by Justin Turley
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 27, 2021 at 2:16 pm

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If one was unfortunate enough to contract Covid-19 but fortunate to survive, I would trust the human body's natural immunity mechanism VS a vaccine that hasn't received FDA approval to date.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2021 at 3:04 pm

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I am a vax guy, and a democrat. However, in support of what Mr. Turley said, I am open minded enough to consider that Rand Paul's opinion is probably also correct that those who contacted and defeated the virus have antibodies now that are similarly effective as the vaccine.


Posted by Homeless And Satisfied In PA
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2021 at 3:52 pm

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No one in the scientific community has a complete understanding of the SARS Covid-2 virus and its mutations including the current coronavirus and recently reported Delta variant.

And one cannot compare the current Covid-19 vaccines in the same light or on the same page as the more traditional vaccines that have proven track records spanning decades.

Getting vaccinated is an option and should remain so.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 28, 2021 at 7:13 pm

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If people are going back to work a lot of companies are requiring that the returning empolyees have the shots. If you are going to be with people in a close-up work environment then worrying about Covid shoud not interfere with getting the job done.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2021 at 6:01 am

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No doubt. If you like cruise ships and going to sporting events and concerts, you should be pro-Vax. Good for San Mateo County. They are smarter than us. Just would like the messaging in P.A. to be more supportive of getting vaxxed. Sometimes it seems to me we have two sophists arguing on behalf of the official Palo Alto position on everything, who is more holy: person one says, 'well, I am fully vaxxed but still wear my mask in the car when I drive alone.' and the other says, 'yeah, you're a pretty good person, but what about the Delta variant? Don't you care? That's why I am fully vaxxed, but still wear a mask when I ride my bike outside, and while I am home with my family, and even when I take a shower!' Can't be too careful, my good man.! You're the most caring person. You win. Everyone else? You're banned.

=absolutely terrible messaging. Wearing a mask when fully vaxxed tells the non-vax people that deep down, the vaxxed doubt its effectiveness, so they still fearfully wear a mask. =medically false.


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