Wa-Po columnist dragged over vaccine euphoria that could have passed for satire: ‘A sucker for a sucker!’

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(Correction: The article initially said that the coronavirus vaccine “was never designed to stop transmission.” This is false. The Pfizer vaccine, for instance, was marketed with a a 95 percent efficacy rate.)

A Washington Post writer’s response to receiving the coronavirus vaccine was so over the top that it was hard not to mistake it for satire.

Karen Tumulty, who works as both the deputy editorial board editor and as a columnist at the Post, announced her booster shot in a tweet posted Friday.

“When I went for my booster today, the pharmacy had a bowl full of lollipops. A lovely reminder of my childhood, when that was what you would get if you didn’t cry. Except I wanted to cry because I was so grateful for science,” she wrote.


The tweet prompted support from others who blindly purport to be “grateful for science.” But it also provoked backlash from those critical of her blind adherence to what she’s termed “science.”

Except this “science” appears to be nothing more than the consensus on U.S. television. A consensus that by no means is ubiquitous in the real world.

Here’s some of the backlash:

Notice some of the critics pointing out that neither the vaccine nor the booster have stopped them or their acquaintances from contracting the virus.

While it’s true that the vaccines haven’t stopped transmission, they have reduced the rates of hospitalization and death. But you wouldn’t necessarily know this listening to the likes of Tumulty and her peers at the Post.

Over the summer, they penned a joint op-ed insisting that even the vaccinated must engage in social distancing and mask-wearing:

Critics pushed back on this rhetoric, arguing that it was not only disincentivizing the unvaccinated from pursuing vaccinations, but it was also breeding a distrust of the vaccine and its ability to prevent hospitalizations and deaths.

The Biden administration hasn’t helped. According to reports, the administration has been mulling updating the definition of “fully vaccinated” to only include those who’ve also received a booster shot.

This comes despite the evidence making it clear that the original coronavirus vaccine itself stops hospitalizations and deaths.

“Covid-19 vaccines remain highly effective at keeping people alive and out of the hospital,” according to Bloomberg.

The problem is that Tumulty and her peers are so religious in their zealotry for the coronavirus vaccine and its never-ending list of derivatives that they can’t give it up:

In Tumulty’s case, her religious zealotry is so over the top that it’s hard not to mistake her booster announcement tweet as parody.

COVID zealots like her tend to also falsely believe that there’s no such thing as natural immunity. They also have a habit of denying the adverse effects of the coronavirus vaccine, despite these effects being thoroughly documented in the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.


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