CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that fully vaccinated will now mean people who have also received booster vaccines. The agency will also stop referring to these people as "fully vaccinated," but will instead call them people who are "up to date" with their vaccinations.
"What we are really working to do is pivot our language so that everyone 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," said Walensky. "So, importantly right now we are pivoting our language, 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," she continued.
Walensky earlier claimed that America's definition of "fully vaccinated" is not going to change to include booster shots. She tried to argue that using the term "up to date" is only meant to make American policy "consistent with how public health has historically viewed or even talked about how we recommend vaccines." (Related: CDC's Walensky now admits that covid vaccines "can't prevent transmission" … so what's the point of vaccine passports?)
The CDC's goal in pivoting the language is clear: to get more fully vaccinated individuals to take their booster vaccines. According to the CDC's data, only around 40 percent of the fully vaccinated – or roughly 25 percent of America's entire population – has received booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Walensky and other public health officials have been working hard to push the claim that boosters will provide better protection against COVID-19. They have repeatedly pointed to studies that supposedly show that getting a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is at least 90 percent effective at preventing coronavirus-associated hospitalization.
"These reports add more evidence to the importance of being up to date with [COVID-19] vaccinations. That means getting your primary series and getting boosted when eligible to protect against severe COVID-19," said Walensky.
"There are still millions of people who are eligible for a booster dose and have not yet received one. As we continue to face the omicron variant representing over 99 percent of infections in the United States today, I urge all who are eligible to get their booster shot to get it as soon as possible."
Walensky and the CDC are also using this pivot to push for children to be given COVID-19 vaccine boosters. This push is being done even though mainstream public health organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) have made statements saying that there is no evidence that children need boosters.
"There is no evidence right now that healthy children or healthy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all," said WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan.
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Learn more about the CDC's COVID-19 vaccination policies at Vaccines.news.