This past Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) continued down his path of pushing back against Democrat and media claims that Americans still must follow coronavirus restrictions even once they are vaccinated. He makes these claims citing that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown to be 95% and 94.1% effective, respectively, at stopping all symptomatic COVID-19 once someone has had both doses.
In Lakeland, Florida, at a press conference, DeSantis stated that people who have received both doses of the vaccine should not have to continue heeding pandemic restrictions such as wearing masks.
“I also think it’s a problem that people, where, you’re telling people to get a vaccine and yet people who have been vaccinated for months are wearing two masks,” DeSantis stated, as reported by WESH.
DeSantis went on to state, multiple times, at the press conference that those who have already received their vaccination should not be worried about wearing masks, especially multiple masks.
“If the vaccine is effective, why would you be wearing two masks? Like some of these folks are doing. It doesn’t make sense,” he stated.
DeSantis, also at this press conference, told those in attendance to consider themselves completely immune once they have gotten their doses of vaccine.
“So, you know, my view is, if you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective, you’re immune. And so act immune. If you tell people the opposite then, gee, if it’s not effective for them and it’s not gonna change anything, then what’s the point of going through it?” DeSantis questioned.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has gone on to suggest that even those who have been fully vaccinated should still continue to wear their personal protective equipment and to continue with social distancing, stating that they can still spread the disease to others even if they cannot contract it themselves.
“Once you start pulling back, the thing you don’t want to have is to start having a plateauing that is so high, that inevitably things are going to go back up,” Fauci stated recently. “You’ve got to get that baseline down lower than it is now particularly in light of the fact that we have some worrisome variants.”
Throughout the pandemic, Florida has done much better than most states with even strict lockdowns, including New York and Michigan, despite Florida’s high percentage of elderly residents. This past Monday, The Daily Wire reported that “Florida state health officials revealed that the state recorded a single-digit increase in COVID-19-related deaths for the first time in almost seven months.”