We do agree (I assume) that the vaccines keep people out of the hospital – even with delta, two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna seem to do a really, really good job in that regard.
As I think I said somewhere on this thread (maybe another one), if you’re under the age of 45 and don’t have any underlying conditions (high blood pressure being a big one, btw), I think you’re chances of getting seriously ill are really, really low if you’re vaccinated, even if you slip up and forget to wear a mask, though I’d still advise that as a precautionary tool (why take chances?).
My concern is for the people who are over the age of 45 and who believe that the vaccines essentially guarantee their safety, because it does not. That’s when I think someone needs to be a little more aware of the odds, and particularly the odds of what is likely to happen if they get infected with COVID in a breakthrough infection. I write this knowing that many of the posters are 45 or older. I don’t mean to be overly-alarmist or to suggest that people still live in perpetual lockdown mode, but I still think vaccinated people should wear masks in public, and unvaccinated absolutely should. Unvaccinated people really need to stay in their home until they can get vaccinated. They’re playing a very dangerous game.