In the latest shifting of pandemic goalposts, Dr. Anthony Fauci declared over the weekend that while there are currently no concrete plans to adjust the official definition of “fully vaccinated” to encompass booster injections, such a change could occur if it is deemed warranted by emerging data, as Fox News reports.
It was just last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized both Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccination boosters for every adult age 18 and older, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a new recommendation urging that age group to receive an additional shot six months after receiving their second of the two shots that were previously believed to suffice.
While those developments on their own do not mean that a change in definition is inevitable, according to Fauci, such an adjustment could indeed be made if incoming data points in that direction.
“We’re going to take a look right now at what the durability is of the booster,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, adding, “We’re going to follow people who get boosted.”
Cautioning Americans not to be alarmed by that possibility, Fauci added, “People should not be put off by the fact that as time goes by and we learn more and more about the protection, we might modify the guidelines. That’s what we’ve been saying all along by follow the science, things change and you have to follow the data.”
In a different weekend appearance, this time on ABC’s This Week, Fauci attempted to persuade the audience that a third shot is unlikely to wane in efficacy as the initial two shots did, a fact perhaps to assuage fears that endless booster shots will become the norm in battling COVID-19.
“We would hope, and this is something that we’re looking at very carefully, that the third shot with the mRNA not only boosts you way up, but increases the durability so that you will not necessarily need it every six months or a year,” declared Fauci, though he added, “If it doesn’t, and the data shows we need to do it more often, then we’ll do it… .”
Notably, in early October, Israel became the first nation in the world to change its internal rules to cease providing vaccination certifications to individuals whose second vaccine dose was received over six months prior, and those already holding the so-called “Green Pass” will face the expiration of the certificates that permit participation in a range of public activities if they do not accept a timely booster, as Haaretz reported.
Countless Americans willingly rolled up their sleeves to receive shots they were assured would bring the pandemic to a controlled end, and now that there appears to be a strong chance that they were – at the very least – misled about the durability of the jabs, outrage and mistrust among the citizenry seems all but certain to grow.