Its different than having bugs in your home that can re-enter. You can get re-infested with bugs especially if you invite them in whereas the whole purpose of the vaccine is to protect yourself from getting this virus again.
If the vaccinations work as they are being stated then yes - if you are vaccinated - why wouldn't you travel? As long as you adhere to all guidelines.
He is unlikely to infect anyone else nor get sick himself. He has probably worked his butt off during this time - knowing the doctors and nurses during this time and how much they have worked I can appreciate them wanting to get away --- as long as they do so safely.
I would give this guy a break and understand that he probably knows better than any of us - what is safe for himself and others.
This is the part Chai is referring to - the actual the transcript -
KAHN (this is the interviewer that went to Mexico) - "I did meet all these - a lot of U.S. health workers vacationing in Cancun. Like Jaime Arratia - he was at this curbside van where you can get a quick COVID test for U.S. travelers. He's a respiratory therapist from Kansas, and he says it's just been such a difficult year, and he just wanted to get out of the U.S.
JAIME ARRATIA: It's just - you can't do anything in life. It's just not normal, so it just sucks (laughter)."
That is all that is referred to this man - He was not on a crowded beach (as Chai alluded to) - he was actually at a van to take a covid test. There is no where in here that he is being irresponsible not wearing a mask, hanging among a large group, partying - or so forth. But then that would not make good news.
The alternative to is let this highly specialized people to burn out. I think too many people forget the mental toll on people - I would give this guy a break - knowing the toll this has taken on my brother who knows how many will end up with PTSD especially if we criticize them on top of it for taking a break.
Comparing to the Holocaust is just a bit of a stretch (people really love to do compare a horrible time in the world's history) Anne Frank had no option - other than highly likely death if she left. Whereas if someone is vaccinated and does things still such as wearing a mask and following distancing rules , he is not highly likely to cause the death of himself or people around him.
In your words "Anne Frank and 2 families could live in an attic for 2 years to stay alive, " -- Well lets not drive cars, smoke cigarettes, go for a swim in the ocean, eat food (choking is very dangerous)- please add in anything you do in everyday life - because we all know there is a chance we could harm ourselves or others. So we can freaking not use any excuse to harm ourselves, or others.
I think common sense should prevail. A bunch of kids going on spring break is a bit stupid right now. A doctor that is vaccinated that knows all the medical issues surrounding covid that knows best how to protect himself and others - that probably needs the mental break - common sense there is little risk and probably a better risk to all of us if we need his care later on that he has had a chance to decompress.
Tell me then why was this reporter going to Cancun? If it is so dangerous to fly and be in crowds why the h*ll is she there to report it?