A head slapper
Sometimes I'm a little slow in putting together a picture and the whole efficacy discussion and herd immunity with the vaccine has kind of thrown me. This story is what had me slapping my forehead (I'm OK.. didn't slap it hard, thanks for asking).
Driving the news: Swaminathan was asked whether international travel without quarantine would be possible after mass coronavirus vaccinations. "I don't believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it's going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on," she said.
Embarrassingly obvious now. The vaccine only helps you fight the virus and prevents the resulting disease, it offers no magic barrier from contracting it. I've known how vaccines work as far back as my memory goes so why this process escaped me until now is a mystery.
All vaccinated individuals must be assumed asymptomatic carriers unless/until that proves to be untrue. [Typhoid Karen?] More to follow on that I'm sure.
So (no judgement here) if I've got a vaccine then the anti-vaccine people are essentially creating the environment that makes me wear a mask and socially distance since they will be in the way of herd immunity. Which means my personal liberties are being infringed upon by those who chose to live an unsafe lifestyle.
Of course, that has been true for all of my life but is thrust to the forefront with this particular situation.
Conversely I could become an anti-masker after receiving the vaccine thereby reducing with my very presence the population of anti-masker/anti-vax groups. A Darwinist accelerator. Sounds almost religious.