Letter From the Editor: Was Viet Fact Check Mentioned on “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”?

This claim is TRUE

Over the summer, Viet Fact Check received an email from a producer for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” a news show on HBO with 4 million viewers per episode. They wanted to devote a whole show to misinformation in non-English communities. Would we tell them about what we have noticed about this trend in the Vietnamese community? 

We told them what we knew. 

Explainer: Who should get the COVID-19 booster shot?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have authorized a third dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, which were initially two-dose vaccines. Both federal agencies said that people who are over the age of 65, have weakened immune systems, or have a chronic illness (such as obesity or high blood pressure) should receive a third dose of the vaccine. The FDA also recommended that people who work in jobs where they interact with the public also get a booster shot: teachers, health care workers, or grocery store workers, among other jobs.

Do COVID-19 breakthrough infections mean the vaccines are no longer effective?

Claim: Due to the increased spread of the Delta variant, people who have been vaccinated have become infected with COVID-19, leading some to think that the vaccines are no longer effective against the virus.
Rating: This claim is FALSE. No vaccine is 100% effective at preventing infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 infections among the fully vaccinated (also called “breakthrough infections”) are to be expected. The more important fact is that the COVID-19 vaccines are still largely effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths. Getting vaccinated and wearing a mask in public are still the most effective ways to prevent becoming infected with COVID-19

Are young people safe from the effects of COVID-19?

Claim: Many young people are choosing to not get vaccinated because they believe they will not get sick from COVID-19.  
Rating: This claim is MOSTLY FALSE. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the American Academy of Pediatrics show that COVID-19 hospitalizations among children and young adults have been steadily rising over the summer, because of the Delta variant. The majority of new hospitalizations are unvaccinated individuals. Medical professionals are encouraging young people to get vaccinated, so they do not become severely sick from COVID-19 and spread it to vulnerable populations.

Explainer: Did California’s economy plummet because of Governor Gavin Newsom?

On Sept. 14, 2021, California will hold a recall election which will determine whether or not Governor Gavin Newsom will be removed from office before his term is up. 
One of the biggest issues of this recall election is Newsom’s handling of the California economy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when looking specifically at how the state has performed during Newsom’s term, it appears that California continues to outperform the U.S. as a whole, economically, and has been less affected overall by COVID-19 than the rest of the nation.

Explainer: Did Gavin Newsom block California’s schools from opening?

On Sept. 14, 2021, California will hold a recall election which will determine whether or not Governor Gavin Newsom will be removed from office before his term is up. One of the key issues that supporters of the recall have cited was Newsom’s decision to keep public schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his cautiousness in reopening public schools in 2021. 
Yet public health data suggests that Newsom was rightly cautious in keeping public schools closed. And with the surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19, caution was also warranted in slowly reopening schools. 

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