As the vaccine push continues and escalates, conflicting report create confusion, even from sources like the CDC and CNN.
“Roughly 62.2% of the US population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose while about 52.9% is fully vaccinated, CDC data shows. Of the 10 states with the worst Covid-19 case rates over the past week, seven of them also had among the 10 best vaccination rates, according to the agency.”
The data is cited several paragraphs down in the new post, as the verbiage is changing for the public, indicating that the vaccine is a symptom mitigator and NOT a cure all.
“What’s the goal of this vaccine? The stated goal by (CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky) and others is to prevent serious infection, and all the data today, published by the CDC, presented by the CDC, is it’s done exactly that,” Dr. Paul Offit, a top vaccine expert and US Food and Drug Administration adviser said Friday.
“There’s been no evidence of clear erosion of protection against serious disease,” he said.
The conversation around vaccines has fluctuated because health experts are learning new information about the coronavirus and its variants.
“Remember, even the current doses of vaccines still protect you so well from hospitalization and death. We are not back in early 2020 or even early 2021 for those of us that have not received boosters yet. We are still protected against the worst effects of this virus,” Dr. Megan Ranney, professor of emergency medicine at Brown University, told CNN on Friday.
The article promotes the conversation about booster shots and the confusion it’s causing.
FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said the administration still doesn’t have enough safety data on booster shots.
“Why would you announce this? Well, we need to have a plan and the plan would involve the vaccination of very large numbers of people in the United States with a booster dose,” Woodcock told Dr. John Whyte of WebMD during a virtual interview published online Thursday.
“We have to make a plan somewhat before we have all the data and I think that, John, is what’s confusing people,” Woodcock said.
“The trends that we’re seeing in resistance to the virus in fully immunized people lend us to believe that at some point we’re going to cross that threshold and we’re going to see hospitalizations and more serious disease and when that happens, we want to be ready,” Woodcock told Whyte.