The recent death of former U.S. Secretary of State and retired Army Gen. Colin Powell of complications related to a COVID-19 breakthrough infection has led some to criticize the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations. Powell, who was 84 years old, was also immunocompromised due to multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that studies show can make the vaccine shots less effective.
“Saying ‘vaccines don’t work’ is like saying ‘seat belts don’t work’,” said Dr. John Ambrose, Army Public Health Center senior advisor for Clinical Public Health & Epidemiology. “Car accidents are a risk despite any individual’s best efforts. However, by wearing a seatbelt, an individual is far more likely to survive if in an accident.”
Ambrose says getting vaccinated is like wearing body armor.
“Vaccines strengthen the body’s immune response to a particular pathogen,” said Ambrose. “When the body’s immune system needs to fight pathogens, having a vaccine is like having body armor. I don’t know of a Soldier that would …