A movement is brewing to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to someone who has received three jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Conservatives have long accused liberals and public health experts of shifting the goal posts when it comes to pandemic measures.
European nations are already reconsidering the previous definition of fully vaccinated, which is currently thought to mean two doses, and moving toward mandates of COVID-19 booster shots, CNN reported.
NEW—Definition of “fully vaccinated” is changing = 3 shots. UK's definition of a fully-vaccinated will change to account for #COVID19 booster➡️ I’ve been urging this change. @CDCgov needs to adopt ASAP. 🇮🇱 & 🇬🇧 both have updated. @CDCDirector? Hurry up! https://t.co/h7JgnnwvCI
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 15, 2021
“It’s very clear that getting three jabs – getting your booster – will become an important fact and it will make life easier for you in all sorts of ways,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference Monday.
- French President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that soon anyone over the age of 65 who doesn’t get a third dose will have their vaccination pass deactivated.
- In the US, Anthony Fauci, arguably the most prominent health expert in the nation, has expressed a preference for making three shots standard practice.
- “In my opinion boosters are ultimately going to become a part of the standard regimen and not just a bonus,” Fauci told Axios this week.
Last month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said the organization might need to change its definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot.
MOVING THE GOAL POSTS
From “flattening the curve,” to mass vaccination, to COVID-19 shots for children, public health experts have frustrated vast swathes of the American public with inconsistent messaging and guidance on what it will take to get America back to normal.
Today: booster shots.
Tomorrow: 70% of children
Next month: four boosters, maybe?
February: vaccinate the deer!
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) November 17, 2021