Since the vaccine was first created, the makers of the medicine have been honest with the public. While the shot won’t completely prevent you from getting COVID, it will significantly decrease your odds of going to the hospital or dying.
The hosts of Fox News, however, like to blur this line. You will regularly hear them promote vaccine hesitancy by saying that vaccinated people could still get COVID. But when Peter Doocy tried to use this talking point on Monday, he was expertly shut down by Jen Psaki.
The Fox reporter asked, “Science says that vaccines prevent death. But, I’m triple vaxxed, still got COVID. You’re triple vaxxed, still got COVID. Why is the president still referring to this as a pandemic of the unvaccinated?”
The press secretary responded, “Well, I think Peter there’s a significant difference between. And you just experienced this and not to expose your public health experience. But I can speak to mine as well. I had been triple vaxxed, I had minor symptoms. There is a huge difference between that and being unvaccinated. You are 17 times more likely to go to the hospital if you’re unvaccinated, 20 times more likely to die.”
Watch a clip of the exchange below:
Fox News’ Doocy: “I’m triple-vaxed … You’re triple-vaxed, still got COVID. Why is the president still referring to this as a pandemic of the unvaccinated?”
WH Press Sec. Psaki: “You are 17x more likely to go to the hospital if you’re unvaccinated, 20x more likely to die.” pic.twitter.com/hPcxWGCdfX
— The Recount (@therecount) January 10, 2022
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