Congressional candidate Becca Balint announced on Monday that she caught COVID even after receiving vaccination and two booster shots.
The positive test result Monday came just days after she attended a White House Pride event last Wednesday.
Today I tested positive for COVID. I tested negative before attending the Pride celebration at the White House last Wednesday. I started to feel cold-like symptoms last night. I am grateful for the protection of my vaccination and both boosters.
— Becca Balint for Congress (@BeccaBalintVT) June 20, 2022
According to a tweet posted Monday, Balint, a Democrat and the president pro tem of the Vermont Senate, wrote she began to feel “cold-like symptoms” Sunday evening. She said she will campaign for Vermont’s open U.S. House seat virtually from home while she recovers.
Some Twitter followers took the opportunity to pounce on her statements. “Capt. Tenneal” suggested that the trend of vaccinated persons catching COVID while boasting their vaccination status is common.
— Capt. Tenneal 🇺🇲 🦅🐟🏹 (@SMHD2020) June 20, 2022
Twitter user @BerneBroomey expressed sarcasm about the apparent failure of vaccinations and boosters to protect Balint.
Those vaccines really work
— Berne Broomey (@BerneBroomey) June 20, 2022
More responses from Balint critics and supporters can be found on Twitter here.
Balint has been at the forefront of calls for strict COVID mitigation measures since the beginning of the pandemic.
“We all hoped infection rates would drop as more Vermonters got vaccinated, but clearly that hasn’t happened, and we are overdue for a reassessment of strategy and a course correction,” she said in a joint statement with Vermont House Speaker Jill Krowinski back in November of 2021.
At the start of the 2022 legislative session, Balint announced it was a priority to require her fellow senators to take COVID shots or adhere to weekly testing.
“Our very first legislative action in the Senate today was adopting resolutions requiring senators to be vaccinated or tested weekly, to wear masks when conducting legislative business, and to allow ongoing flexibility for remote legislating,” she wrote.
Nonetheless, Balint, who is seeking to become Vermont’s first woman and openly gay representative in Congress, attended the Pride event in Washington, where she and other attendees were seen without masks — as pictured on Balint’s Twitter account.
What an amazing message for LGBTQ+ kids that our President is celebrating pride in the White House, celebrating all people, love, and kindness. pic.twitter.com/QvCKV3F29t
— Becca Balint for Congress (@BeccaBalintVT) June 16, 2022
According to reports, other big-name attendees of the Pride event included President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and several others.
A recent survey of people in more than 175 countries has found severe cases of COVID are rarer among patients who did not receive a COVID vaccine.
“The survey … presented data from more than 18,500 respondents from the Control Group project with more than 300,000 overall participants. An analysis revealed that compared to those who got jabbed, unvaccinated people reported fewer hospitalizations,” Medical Daily reported last week.
The international survey found that unvaccinated people were more likely than their vaccinated counterparts to take basic personal care to prevent and fight off COVID-19 infections.
According to an ABC News report from May 10, severe COVID cases are on the rise among the vaccinated.
“In August of 2021, about 18.9% of COVID-19 deaths occurred among the vaccinated. Six months later, in February 2022, that proportional percent of deaths had increased to more than 40%,” the report states.
It continues, “Comparatively, in September 2021, just 1.1% of COVID-19 deaths occurred among Americans who had been fully vaccinated and boosted with their first dose. By February 2022, that percentage had increased to about 25%.”
The Epoch Times had reported on May 7 that many folks have already had COVID, and so seeking a vaccine may be unnecessary.
“A new CDC study shows that around 75 percent of American children have already had COVID,” the report states. “That means they have strong natural immunity that protects them from COVID infections as they get older. Despite this, the CDC, the FDA, and other government agencies are pushing all of them to get vaccinated.”