The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that it will “pivot” its language when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations, implying all who are eligible will need booster shots to be considered fully “up to date.”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, 52, announced at a White House press conference on Friday that the organization is working on “pivoting the language” to match those of other vaccines.
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Staying silent makes them complicit when harsh measures are being taken that will have nominal benefit with an unknown level of risk.
“What we really are working to do is pivot the language to make sure that everybody is as up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines as they personally could be, should be, based on when they got their last vaccine,” Walensky stated on Friday.
“We really want to make sure people are up to date. That means if you recently got your second dose, you’re not eligible for a booster, you’re up to date. If you are eligible for a booster and you haven’t gotten it, you’re not up to date and you need to get your booster in order to be up to date.”
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Walensky compared the COVID-19 vaccine to the flu shot, where patients aren’t considered “up to date” until they receive a yearly shot. Those who do not receive a flu shot are not considered “up to date.”
“In public health, for all vaccines, we’ve talked about being up to date for your vaccines. Every year, you need a flu shot; you’re not up to date with your flu shot until you’ve gotten your flu shot for that year,” the director noted.
The flu shot is voluntary, while
COVID vaccinations have been mandated in a majority of the country in order to participate in most daily activities.
As for the definition of “fully vaccinated,” the director said that isn’t changing. As long as a person has received one or two doses – depending on the vaccine received – a person can consider themselves fully vaccinated.
“Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they’ve received their primary
series. That definition is not changing,” she said at a January 5 White House press conference.
Later in the day, Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, attempted to clarify Walensky’s comments.
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“She meant keeping up to date, as opposed to getting rid of that terminology and fixating on what “fully vaccinated” means. It’s more of, are you up to date on your vaccinations,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“One of the things that we’re talking about from a purely public health standpoint is how well you are protected, rather than what a definition is to get someone to be required or not required.”