Editorial: 99.9 percent?

File Photo By Jacqueline Marshall/Wyoming National Guard

Column By Mike Bibb

Wow, according to a recent article in the Gila Herald, a nearly perfect 99.9% of folks over 65 years of age have received at least one COVID shot.

I find that figure incredible and utterly unbelievable.  When was the last time anyone ever heard of anything administered by an agency of government being 99.9% effective?  Not even the IRS can boast such success.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Graham County has a total vaccination rate of 65.2 percent of residents ages 12 and up, with 74.4 percent of that population having at least one dose, and 99.9 percent of those 65 and older have at least one dose.” – Gila Herald, “Graham lists 113 total deaths with 399 active cases,” Oct. 14, 2021 

Sounds a little dubious to me.  Maybe I’m not understanding what “99.9 percent of those 65 and older have at least one dose” really means.  Or, is the article awkwardly reporting 74.4% and 99.9% of 65.2% have been inoculated?

Either way, it’s nearly nonsensical.    

With all the hoopla over COVID, vaccine mandates, and President Joe Biden’s mind-numbing assertion that the “vaccinated must be protected from the unvaccinated,” how is it possible only 0.01% of Graham County’s 65 and older population have remained vaccine free?

Is it 0.01% of 99.9% of 65.2% who haven’t been vaccinated?  Who knows?

Let’s assume there are 5,000 citizens 65 and older in a population of about 40,000 in Graham County.  99.9% of 5,000 equals 4995.  This means only five individuals 65 and older in the entire county haven’t been vaccinated at least once.

I would imagine there are at least that many unvaxxed customers standing in line at the post office during any given hour.

Five – the number of fingers on one hand.  Less than half a dozen.

Keep in mind, this information is coming from the same government health agency that can’t seem to decide from one day to the next what our nation’s COVID policies should be. 

For almost two years, the CDC and its spokespersons have told us one thing, then another, and stammered revisions of the rules and regulations only to repeat the process a few days later.  It’s absolute confusion.

A classic example of, “Who’s on first, and What’s on second.”  Or, in contemporary terminology, WTF?   And, I don’t mean, “Where’s the fish?”

Perhaps it’s possible the numbers have been manipulated to reflect a more positive report and lend credence to a presidential administration that appears totally clueless on just about everything.

Does anyone actually fact-check these statements or are we supposed to accept the CDC’s frequent bulletins as a sort of Moses-down-from-Sinai moment?

At least Moses had data written in stone. 

The opinion expressed in this editorial is that of the author.

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