[guest post by Dana]
On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida actually made the absurd claim about COVID-19 vaccines when pushing back on the idea of vaccine passports:
It’s about your health and whether you want that protection or not. It really doesn’t impact me or anyone else.
This is the exact kind of untrue statement that plays well with the DeSantis crowd. But bcause people want it to be true, doesn’t make it so:
Getting the vaccine certainly helps the person who gets the shot — the governor’s not wrong about that. It vastly reduces the chances of being hospitalized or dying of the disease. But it also reduces the spread of the virus to others. That’s the critical point that DeSantis is disregarding in his zeal to appeal to the freedom-at-all-costs far-right of his party as he heads into reelection and eyes the White House.
Yes, there are breakthrough cases, when vaccinated people still become infected. And, yes, there are some legitimate medical and religious reasons for not getting vaccinated. But by all others getting the vaccine, you cut down on the chances that you’ll get COVID and then pass it on to others.
That means you, as a vaccinated person, are helping to safeguard people who can’t get the shot, like children under 12 and the immunocompromised, such as those with transplanted organs. You’re also helping to protect seniors whose immunity often isn’t robust enough even they are vaccinated. You might even be saving the life of someone who simply refuses to get the vaccine.
— The Recount (@therecount) September 7, 2021
On DeSantis’ plans to issue $5,000 fines to businesses with “vaccine passports,” 60% of voters similarly oppose that approach compared to 40% who support it.
There’s even more vocal exasperation at DeSantis’ attempt to withhold salaries for school officials enacting mask mandates, with near 70% opposed to such an approach. Even 60% of Republicans oppose that plan.
Overall, fewer than 41% give a favorable grade to DeSantis for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and just over 42% give him a passing favorability rate at all. His favorability rating in the poll sank 11 points from late August.
But if there’s a job voters want DeSantis to hold less than Governor, it’s President. About 59% of Florida voters said they would vote for someone else if he were to run for Commander-in-Chief in 2024, compared to just 41% who would welcome such a run.
Meanwhile, fully-vaccinated Americans frustrated that so many continue to *refuse a vaccine and that we’re still in midst of the damn pandemic are being told that we’re just not living in real America:
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) September 7, 2021
According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has seen had more than 40 million cases of COVID-19 reported, and more than 649,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S.
[Ed. *for reasons other than underlying medical conditions.]