EVERETT, WA – As per newly-disclosed emails, Washington health officials recorded numerous instances of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths to residents of the state who had received the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the middle of 2021.
One of the emails in question, sent on July 30, 2021 by Snohomish County Health District Health Officer Chris Spitters, noted that among those who had tested positive for COVID-19 during mid-2021, 15 percent of cases – and 25 percent of hospitalizations – were among the vaccinated; this represents a two percent increase year-over-year from 2020. Spitters also stated that over 12 breakthrough cases – which occurred post-vaccination – had occurred in a long-term care facility.
The recipient of Spitters’ email, Dr. Yuan-Po Tu of The Everett Clinic – concurred with his findings, replying that 20 percent of those testing positive at his clinic for COVID-19 were fully vaccinated. In addition, he noted that all three of the major vaccines available to the public at that time – Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson – had all been experiencing breakthrough cases.
Dr. James Cook, chief medical officer at the Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, was also included in the email in question, and also confirmed that many of the patients admitted to the hospital with COVID infections – as well as many of the facility’s staff – were vaccinated as well.
The news shared by all three men prompted Spitters to exclaim that additional preventive measures to help prevent further outbreaks were needed, aside from simply relying on vaccination.
“We really need to reframe our public education approach to emphasizing vaccination, along with the other prevention measures rather than the faded illusion of vaccination instead of other prevention measures,” he said. “The stellar individual protection afforded by vaccination is no longer.”
These emails were recently obtained and published by The Post Millennial and have been reviewed by outside media outlets, who have confirmed that they were authentic.
The email thread between Spitters, Tu, and Cook took place after the release of a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that revealed that during a COVID outbreak in Massachusetts, 74 percent of the cases were among those who had received the jab; this revelation ran in contrast with the narrative of federal health officials, who had initially claimed that those who had been vaccinated would not contract the virus.
The result of the study pushed health officials to renew calls for the public to remain masked when indoors in order to help curb the spread of COVID infection.