Scott shifts focus from cases to deaths and hospitalizations when discussing the fully vaccinated

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MIXED RESULTS – The governor and the Vermont Health Department have a lot to explain as vaccinated Vermonters continue to account for a significant portion of those getting sick from COVID.

At a press conference last week, Republican Gov. Phil Scott shifted his focus away from coronavirus case counts and on to hospitalizations and deaths when discussing vaccinated Vermonters.

The noticeable downplaying of cases is a reversal of his focus since the start of the pandemic.

“As we’ve learned, the vaccines were designed — first and foremost — to limit severe illness,” Scott said. “While we hoped they would nearly eliminate cases, that’s not really how vaccines work. The goal is to limit the number of people who are hospitalized or lose their life once vaccinated. And they are doing just that.”

Gov. Phil Scott

Data provided by the Vermont Health Department over the two-week period ending Sept. 8 has been not good news for the state’s fully vaccinated. Covid-related hospitalizations among the vaccinated have jumped from 30 to 51, while deaths rose from 10 to 18. Cases among fully vaccinated Vermonters rose from 1,209 to 1,906.

Nevertheless, Scott reiterated that he believes that vaccines are “the single best tool we have to move from pandemic to endemic. … In short, vaccines continue to save lives; they allow us to do things we had to leave behind in 2020; and they are our best path forward to put this pandemic behind us.”

Vaccines typically provide full immunity from catching or transmitting diseases. The tetanus vaccine offers immunity for up to 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while standard two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine typically protects for a lifetime.

Scott, however, said it’s only a “small percentage” of breakthrough cases that are occurring among the vaccinated.

“I’m sure some are wondering whether vaccines make a difference because you’ve been reading so much about the small percentage of breakthrough cases,” he said. “But before you arrive at that conclusion, it’s important to look at Vermont’s data.”

The benchmark for vaccination success may have been lowered. The governor suggested that now vaccine policy is focused on limiting severe illness, not preventing Vermonters from getting and transmitting COVID.

Some workers are now engaged in work-required weekly COVID tests as an alternative to taking the vaccine. It’s not yet clear how this could impact comparisons of vaccinated cases vs. unvaccinated cases.

At the national level, a new study by the One America News Network claims that the vaccinated are getting sick at a much greater rate than the unvaccinated who had developed natural immunity.

“A new study involving tens-of-thousands of patients reveals fully vaccinated people are 27 times more likely to end up with COVID symptoms than those who have never had a vaccine,” the report states.

“The numbers back up what we’ve known all along … that our bodies are far better at fighting this virus and many others than the vaccine is,” said OANN’s Pearson Sharp.

Deaths from COVID-19 continue to be mostly elderly and health-compromised populations. According to the state’s Department of Health data as of Sept. 14, four people under age 40 died from COVID-associated deaths. All together 26 people under age 60 have passed away with such deaths.

Technical definitions for a COVID-associated death continue to include non-confirmed cases.

“Deaths include deaths among confirmed and probable cases,” it states. “Both probable and confirmed deaths have COVID-19 as a cause or contributing condition on their death certificate. Of the deaths reported, 11 are among non-VT residents who died in Vermont.”

Another concern is that PCR tests used to detect the virus continue to be under scrutiny for producing many asymptomatic cases, which some health professionals conclude are unlikely to become sick or spread the virus.

“Most folks believe that a positive test means they are sick and negative means that they got a green signal to be free, but the truth is far from it, and the answer is somewhat complicated,” wrote Dr. Balram Khehra for

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North. Send him news tips at and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

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14 thoughts on “Scott shifts focus from cases to deaths and hospitalizations when discussing the fully vaccinated

  1. if deaths are important then read this article: journals.lww.c o m/americantherapeutics/Fulltext/2021/08000/Ivermectin_for_Prevention_and_Treatment_of.7.aspx

    Also if Scott loves Vermont citizens he should remove the restrictions on ivermectin and reverse every covid case in Vermont just like the Indian state of Delhi did – they do have more people than we do here…

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  2. if deaths are important then read this article: journals.lww.c o m/americantherapeutics/Fulltext/2021/08000/Ivermectin_for_Prevention_and_Treatment_of.7.aspx

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  3. Good to remember that we are talking about how best to deal with a deadly infectious disease that is filling the ICU beds in many states where there are low levels of vacinations.

    Governor Scott is taking a lot of flack for the Democratic leadership in the legislature for not restarting a state of emergency which he is loath to do. Most Vermonters and most Republicans in Vermont approve of how he has handled the pandemic balancing the multiple factors involved in this ever changing situation.

    • That is exactly what we are talking about. An engineered virus that is deadly to certain groups of humans, dangerous to millions of others and to some not much more than the common cold. It is the fear and hysteria induced as a political weapon that will be the worst and lasting effect of SARS CoV-2. It is the dissemination of information and mis-information by alleged experts and politicians that is causing the increased fear and hysteria. From anthony fauci to jill krowinski and hundreds more, every “Expert” and “Leader” seems to call for extreme measures of dubious value in “Ending the pandemic”. Unless it fits the narrative, other information- factual or not is discarded as false, seemingly because that information or fact does not fit the talking points of current “leaders”. Vermont has done well, considering the survival rate for those under 80 years of age is 99.97+%. Now, let’s see how the mandates play out. Vermont had a nursing shortage long before SARS CoV-2 was created. Now that state and federal mandates are here, let’s just see how the nursing shortage is in early winter.
      Remember, these Nurses, Doctors and thousands of other health care workers did not stop working, not for a day. They were and are on the front lines of care (such as it is) for those with severe Covid. All these folks showed up, did their best and helped us learn how to deal with the virus. Their knowledge and abilities saved lives- more than we will ever know- and for those medical professionals that for whatever reason have decided this “vaccine” is not suitable for them, politicians want to show them the door. No sir, that’s just wrong on many levels. Phil Scott told us he would rely on facts and science to guide Vermont thru, and he did for a while. Unfortunately, he recently has decided to follow facts and science dictated by politicians to meet a political goal, not protect the public. Balint and Krowinski, with their recent public demands are grandstanding and gaslighting, perhaps to be relevant, perhaps to gain political advantage. Why not? It’s worked for the democrat party to use this virus for advantage since Trump imposed a travel ban from China on January 31, 2020. Scott has enough problems to work out without needing to bend to democrat talking points.

  4. Panic and desperation is setting in as the lies are catching up to them. They can’t lie enough to cover up the Truth. It’s not the crime (as bad as that is), but it’s the cover-up that will seal their fates.

  5. The only way to collapse this evil system is to refuse to participate in it. Will cause an exodus of good workers and good customers going where vax is not required, businesses not requiring masks will thrive. Not patronizing businesses who force masking. Refusing to take the depopulation injection and even moving to states that protect our constitutional rights sends a silent but powerful message:

    What Does A Parallel Society Look Like?
    By Andrew Torba Post date September 12, 2021
    “Many of the people who received either one or two shots are beginning to wake up. They were told by the “experts” that they just needed to get the shot and things would get back to normal. Things are far from normal, and now they are being told that they will likely need to get multiple booster shots and even a pill to treat Covid-19.

    Thankfully, many of them are starting to take a stand and fight back.

    On September 10th it was reported that a New York hospital is going to pause baby deliveries after a “spate of resignations” by maternity unit workers who refused to inject an experimental substance into their bodies.

    Over the weekend I received a direct message from a NASA engineer who informed me that “almost all the engineers here have all banded together and are forcing NASA admin to fire them (both vaccinated and unvaccinated alike). NASA is on a hiring freeze, so firing all these folks would essentially kill the Artemis mission.”

    Many people believed they were “fully vaccinated” after two shots. They trusted the system. They believed things would get “back to normal.” They took the shots, often reluctantly, with these things in mind and they are quickly finding out that they’ve been lied to.

    • The Parallel Society
      Post author By Andrew Torba Post date September 9, 2021
      “I spent all of August working all hours of the day to help fight back against the medical tyranny going on around the world while also fighting off the slings and arrows of the Globalist American Empire who wasn’t too happy about it.

      At the end of July I published religious exemption documents in response to the overwhelming amount of private messages I received on Gab with people telling me that their school, workplace, and even our military would be forcing them to get inject an experimental vaccine into their body or lose everything.

      The documents went wildly viral, not only on Gab, but across the entire internet. This caught the attention of the Enemy, who swiftly began their usual tactics of defaming me for reminding people that they have religious liberty, bodily autonomy, and human rights.”

  6. “Yet, miraculously, despite housing a population of 240 million people, this northern state has been averaging only 24 cases and 0-2 deaths per day in recent months. Despite its size — roughly 73% of the U.S. population”

    Ivermectin in India vs USA without Ivermectin – is this a study worth being used by our doctors???

  7. I read a lot of sci-fi when I was young…in the 50s and 60s…all the predictive programming that was ‘science fiction’ and I took as a warning, but SOME of my peers took as instruction manuals. And, it turns out, so did global leaders – take them as instruction manuals…
    I remember thinking, impossibly, then, ‘They’ll tax the water we drink, and make us pay for the air we breathe.’ Instantly thinking…naaaaaahhhh….that’s not who we are in this country. They wouldn’t do that. (They being the gov’t and our leaders).
    Now we have politicians who tell us NOT to seek a second opinion – theirs is sacrosanct and should never be questioned. Just shut up, sit down, and comply.
    And we have politicians gaslighting us telling us we are sick when we are NOT sick – and that because we are sick not sick, we need to prevent being sick not sick, with something that Dr. Zelenko calls “the poison death jab” in a talk to Israeli Hassidic Councils…a doctor who has cured over 6000 patients of this…flu.
    The name for someone telling you you are sick when you are not is called Munchasen Syndrome by Proxy.
    The person selling that to you is called a snake oil salesman.
    The person who profits from your compliance to their propaganda, gaslighting and curtailing of your choices is called a fascist.
    The gov’t that releases a bioweapon foolishly but ingeniously named a ‘vaccine’ (it doesn’t even come close to satisfying ‘vaccine’ definitions, and that is why the CDC changed their definition of what ‘vaccine’ is on their website) is called a medical tyrannical gov’t.
    All of this together is called a communist fascist police state.
    Or medical disaster capitalism.
    Who benefited the most over the past 20 months?
    Weren’t you and me.
    We imprisoned ourselves, gave up our right to breathe freely, and our right to bodily autonomy – well groomed sycophants of scientism that you all came to be (I never complied).
    We GET what we ACCEPT.
    If you don’t want it – stop complying.
    Munchasen Syndrome by Proxy only works as long as you don’t see the machinations behind it.
    Right out in the open now and you have to keep you eyes wide shut to ignore it now.
    Polish up your yayas now…kiddies… now or never.
    Freedom or slavery.
    You get what you accept.

  8. If people are getting tested for Covid every week then what they are really doing is fueling the Covid Economy.
    Is that what you want to do?
    Can I remind everyone that the data say that there is a 99.8% chance that if you get the flu you’ll recover and be fine.
    Stop being scared!
    The people that settled this country didn’t know what was happening out there beyond their own front yards and look at what they did.. they did that for us and now look at what we’ve done with the place. We’ve destroyed our own economy over the flu and then killed people trying to prevent them from dying of something that they likely never even would have died from.
    It’s shameful.. how smart have we really become?

  9. The usual threadbare talking points from the governor. If he were a pitcher, he’d be walking every batter. Let’s take a look:

    “While we hoped they would nearly eliminate cases, that’s not really how vaccines work.”

    Good God. That’s how vaccines have worked for a hundred years. Real vaccines provide immunity. This is high school biology.

    “Scott, however, said it’s only a ‘small percentage’ of breakthrough cases that are occurring among the vaccinated.”

    That’s because the CDC stopped reporting breakthrough cases in the vaccinated back in May (unless they result in hospitalization or death) which dramatically skews the data. They also instructed labs to lower PCR cycle thresholds—lowering the sensitivity of the test—but only when testing the vaccinated. Can you say “double standard”?

    And so on. Boy, I look forward to the day when this topic is history . . .

  10. America, Vermont and Phil Scott are not holding up well under the scourge of the first man-made political virus/disease. From the moment that politicians, pundits and the Never Trump crowd saw SARS CoV-2 as an opportunity for political gain we became doomed to the fear, rhetoric and power play the above groups decided to force upon America. Mis-information, the politically-correct term for lying has become rampant over the last 18 months. It is used by those in power, mostly on the federal level to impart and secure their power. anthony fauci and his ego were released on us as the “Truth” and gospel, to be followed blindly if “we” wanted to end the carnage- mostly unnecessarily created by those in power. It is almost unbelievable that this far into this man-made crisis, there still remains questions about the validity of the PCR test and that no better test has been developed. That treatment for this virus has not been developed and that we rely on a still experimental vaccine as the only savior to our problems. That we are told flimsy fabric over our faces is smart policy, even for children? Good grief, if SARS CoV-2 had a skin reaction similar to chicken pox and lord fauci told us to wear layers of bubble wrap to protect ourselves, would we? Probably most would.
    Maybe, instead of fear and insane reactionary actions, we ought to use the knowledge we have, the data we have and change strategies. Maybe researching treatments would be a good idea. What if there’s already an effective treatment? Maybe examining the risk of infection, by age group, co-morbidities, immune system function (things we already know) we may find it better to let individuals make the decision to vaccinate- or not, based on risk and the probable (but seemingly ignored) benefit of natural immunity. We know how to protect vulnerable people and we know whom they are- and we’re doing that. It is now long past time to fight the virus, not each other. Let the politicians spout their bombastic rhetoric to themselves, ignore their demands and instead demand of them truthful answers and positive productive action, to reduce this virus to just another thing we need to live with.
    We do not need to accept politicians and pundits such as we now have.

  11. seeing the test will give them what ever result they want based on cycles it not a mesure
    there are alot layers to unpeel of deception here
    first off its just the flu and always was
    the neuber were fudge 10 ways to sunday to sell a product..
    this is the biggest scam since 911
    then we should talk about how Fauci created a bio weapon with the Chinese communist party that got unleashed on the american people and the world
    hang them high so the world can see

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