According to a new report, top health officials are afraid of changing the definition of what it means to be “fully vaccinated” given the fragile nature of science, politics, and the status of American life.
With the onset of the Omicron variant in the United States, the country has topped the leaderboard with record amounts of COVID-19 cases being reported.
According to The New York Times, the Biden administration is weighing redefining what it means to be “fully vaccinated” into saying Americans have their vaccinations “up to date.”
It’s a thematic messaging debacle that comes as President Joe Biden previously said publicly that it’s up to states to handle COVID-19 themselves.
While the CDC currently interprets vaccination status as those who “received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot,” that’s likely to change in 2022.
Places like Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC, have either announced or enacted their own vaccine passport measures meant to crowd-control the general public. The New York Times is accurate in their ballpark estimate of 140 million Americans who’ve received their “full vaccination” minus the booster.