During a town hall event in July, hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon, President Joe Biden assured the country that if they were vaccinated, they would not contract COVID-19. He said it to motivate people to get vaccinated, but it wasn't true.
“You're not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations,” Biden stated bluntly at the time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informs us people can still get COVID-19 even after being vaccinated.
Biden centered his pandemic strategy on “trusting the science.” The major problem with that, as Biden has demonstrated, is that sometimes the science — or the consensus scientific opinion, at least — is wrong and cannot be trusted. Science is constantly changing. What may seem true on Monday could be proven false on Friday, metaphorically speaking.
As someone who aggressively criticized or condemned every statement that former President Donald Trump made about COVID-19, Biden has been fortunate to escape a similar level of scrutiny over his own many incorrect statements, including this one. Such unequal treatment often comes across as agenda-driven. It leads to diminished trust by the public, especially among those holdouts who still won't get vaccinated.
Biden incorrectly assured the public that the vaccinated would not get COVID-19. It was a major error for which he has never apologized. Given this error, it is perfectly plausible to envision a scenario in which someone who is skeptical of getting the vaccine has even less faith now.