So, are we calling fully vaxxed and boosted people who get COVID-19 "breakthrough cases" anymore or not?
With the rise and surge of the Omicron variant, report after report has shown that vaccinated folks can still get COVID — a fact that is surprising many, both on social media and in Big Media, despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky finally admitted last summer that vaccinated people can catch and transmit the coronavirus.
Walensky's admission came as quite a shock for a lot of folks, including, probably, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who just a few months earlier had been touting the COVID vaccines for allegedly doing what has been mankind's longstanding understanding of what vaccines do: Preventing recipients from getting bugs.
But now, the fully vaxxed and boosted are learning the hard way that they can still get the COVID bug despite doing the responsible thing that they've repeatedly lectured the vaccine-hesitant members of the population to do.
The latest big name to enter the realm of the vaxxed-yet-shocked-to-be-COVID-positive is "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg.
On Tuesday's episode of "The View," Goldberg, donning a sweatshirt emblazoned with "OVER IT," explained that she had left the show a couple weeks before the Christmas break because she had been around someone who had tested positive.
Then, shortly before returning to the show Monday, as scheduled, she underwent required testing, and her results came back positive.
"I was all excited — and you know, they have to test us — and so they sent people to test me, and they tested me, and it was like, 'Oh no, you’re not coming back. We’re not sending anybody to your house. You have corona,'" she recalled Tuesday. "And it was like, ‘Wait, what?'"
"It was a shock, 'cause, you know, I'm triple-vaxxed. I haven't been anywhere. I haven't done anything," Goldberg added. "But that’s the thing about the Omicron, you just don’t know where it is. You don’t know where it is, who’s got it, who’s passing it. It’s one of those things where you think, ‘I’ve done everything I was supposed to do.'"
Then she admitted that the vaccine "doesn't stop Omicron."
Which she followed with an admonition to get vaccinated because the "variant gets stronger and does different stuff to you. So, you know, unless everybody gets vaccinated, this is what we’re going to be facing for the next, you know, little while."