I don’t really have anything new to say about this.
My position on this has long been that COVID is an endemic virus now and we can look forward to endless variants of it and ultimately we are just going to have to live with it like HIV. H1N1 is still circulating a century after the Spanish Flu. This is never going away. These viruses usually evolve over time to become more infectious and less lethal and that seems to be happening here.
As for the politics of the issue, Trump lost the 2020 election because of COVID which helped the Democrats who successfully portrayed Trump as an incompetent buffoon. More people have died from COVID though since Joe Biden became president and the vaccine became available. The politics of COVID are gradually shifting in favor of Republicans. The antibodies from the vaccine are going to wear off over time and the dumb culture war over the issue will eventually give way to exhaustion and resignation.
In the meantime, the Omicron variant will be used as the latest excuse to boss people around although probably with diminishing returns as the vaccinated get infected with it.