From: Altadena, CA
I wanted to post here again to encourage anyone that has not have a COVID vaccination to get one, especially if you are older than 25.
It may be ironic, but one big reason to get the vaccine is because vaccines do not prevent getting or spreading COVID. The vaccine slows the spread, but does not prevent it, which means that the vaccine is not really building the herd protection in the community quite as well as had been hoped.
This may sound like a reason to not get the vaccine, but it is the opposite. The vaccine is excellent at lowering the chance of hospitalization or death, which is why you should get one, but they do not fully prevent getting, or spreading the virus.
We already see very well-vaccinated countries like England and Israel have spikes in COVID rates recently as the Delta variant spreads. Importantly, the death rates in these countries has stayed lower because of the high vaccination rate.
Virus evolution works by the virus strains getting more and more effective at spreading, which means they are more infectious in both the population and the host's body. So, the virus is getting better at spreading and making people sick and this means if you are sitting out in the population without any protection, you could end up getting a variant much worse than the original COVID variant that caused this whole mess.
If you have not gotten the vaccine, you have let hundreds of millions of people test it for you and prove that the vaccine is safer than getting the virus.
Go get the vaccine!
A virus also generally gets more virulent as it mutates.