January 17, 2023

New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene appears to have admitted that the dominant COVID strain is more likely to infect those who have already been vaccinated, or have already had COVID-19.  In a tweet posted on January 13, they said:

Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 now accounts for 73% of all sequenced COVID-19 cases in NYC. XBB.1.5 is the most transmissible form of COVID-19 that we know of to date and may be more likely to infect people who have been vaccinated or already had COVID-19.
It is unclear whether the Department intended to state that this variant is disproportionately affecting the vaccinated, or whether they meant this variant is more likely than others to cause “breakthrough” or repeat infections.  Regardless of their intent, the Department’s advice to the public (posted in the same thread) remains the same: “Getting vaccinated and getting the updated booster is still the best way to protect yourself from hospitalization and death from COVID-19, including from these new variants.”

Public responses to the post were generally negative, with commenters pointing out the inconsistencies between the two statements and the generally poor performance of the COVID injections.

 

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