Confusing messaging, again:

The Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, acknowledged that new COVID-19 restrictions are primarily about protecting unvaccinated Americans as cases of the Delta variant rise nationwide.

Two months after recommending that fully vaccinated people don’t need face coverings indoors, the Centers for Disease Control recommended that even fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in areas with “substantial” COVID-19 spread.

Source: NIH director acknowledges new mask mandates for vaccinated people are ‘mostly about protecting the unvaccinated

He also cites the Provincetown scenario, but leaves out that some think the uniqueness of that event is not taken into consideration.

A doctor who was there has some useful observations.

Why did a big outbreak occur to vaxxed individuals at that event but not at other very large events happening during this time period? Probably because up to 95% of those in attendance were vaccinated … and there were relatively few unvaccinated. It’s still a very small %. If you do not take into account the pre-existing percentages, you don’t understand Bayes Theorem.


People get vaccinated to protect themselves from severe disease. Some say it may protect those around them from severe disease, but incoherent messaging from dueling experts has muddied that claim.

The fully vaccinated, however, must wear a mask to protect the unvaccinated from severe disease.

Thus, we have people getting vaccinated and wearing masks to protect the unvaccinated – thereby giving people another reason they don’t need to be vaccinated? This is insane.

By EdwardM