Virginia Lt. Gov.-Elect Sears Distorts Facts on COVID-19 Vaccines - FactCheck.org

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In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Virginia Lt. Gov.-Elect Winsome Sears spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines that we have previously debunked.
CNN Host Dana Bash, Nov. 21: So, why is it OK to mandate childhood vaccines in Virginia for so many diseases, but not COVID? Sears: Well, let's ask ourselves. And I'm not saying yea or nay. Let's ask ourselves, if the purpose of the COVID vaccine is to prevent us from getting COVID, then why is it that those who have had COVID must get the vaccine? The one doesn't follow the other.

Sears, a Republican who won the Nov. 3 election and will become the state's first female lieutenant governor, argues that vaccine mandates shouldn't apply to those who have already been infected COVID-19. But, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said, people who've already had COVID-19 should be vaccinated for two reasons:

"Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19.

"Vaccination helps protect you even if you've already had COVID-19."

As we have explained on other occasions, a growing body of research shows that COVID-19 vaccines provide additional protection for those who have been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in fact, recommends that people get vaccinated even if they had COVID-19.

For more, see "Vaccines Benefit Those Who Have Had COVID-19, Contrary to Viral Posts."

Vaccines Not 100% Effective

Sears: But let me ask you this question. If you have the mask on, then why does somebody else have to wear the mask? You have got the mask. You have got the vaccine. My God, you're fully protected. You're armored.

No vaccine is 100% effective, and masks aren't foolproof, so it's wrong to claim that someone who is vaccinated and wearing a mask is "fully protected" or "armored" against COVID-19.

It's true that those who are unvaccinated were nearly six times more likely to become infected with COVID-19 in September than those who have not been vaccinated, according to the CDC's data on rates of COVID-19 by…
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