Federal health officials are, to no surprise, considering changing up the definition of what it means to be “fully vaccinated,” restricting it to include only individuals who have received not only the regular two doses, but the booster as well.
“The change would come as U.S. officials push Americans to receive the booster shot, according to The New York Times. Some experts warn that changing the definition could have severe economic repercussions as businesses and governments adjust their COVID-19 restrictions to include a new meaning of ‘fully vaccinated,'” the Daily Wire reported.
“Changing the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ could leave roughly 140 million Americans, who are vaccinated but not boosted, in limbo about where they stand and what they are eligible to do,” The New York Times said in their report.
“Many schools, businesses, governments and other institutions have relied on the C.D.C.’s definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ to establish mandates, requiring people to complete their primary vaccine series in order to attend school, dine out or remain employed,” the report continued.
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The Biden administration is also weighing whether to change the definition to use the more adaptable wording of “up-to-date,” which would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to potentially include additional shots into the meaning the “fully vaccinated” without changing the strict definition of the term.
“The administration was leaning toward making such a move soon, according to two officials with knowledge of the discussions,” the Times went on to say.
Dr. Philip R. Krause, who retired from the Food and Drug Administration last week, said that redefining the meaning of “fully vaccinated” is a “distraction” from the identifying those in need of additional vaccine doses.
“The place where the risk is highest — among the elderly, the immunocompromised, people with comorbidities — those are the people accounting for almost all of the severe disease among the vaccinated,” he said during a conversation with the Times. “We should be concentrating on finding those people.”
Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University predicted earlier this month that the Biden administration would change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot, in contravention of key data points showing that many, particularly young and healthy people, do not need a booster shot.
This stuff is really starting to get crazy, folks. The nation of Israel is already preparing to give people a fourth shot. How many times are people going to allow themselves to be injected with this stuff without knowing the potential long term side effects they might be exposing themselves to?
Stop the madness already.