Hinting that the suspicions of millions of pandemic-weary Americans may be correct, chief White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci this week indicated that the official definition of “fully vaccinated” could yet change to include COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.
Fauci’s statement came during a Wednesday press briefing in which he discussed the arrival of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the United States – in an individual who met the present definition of fully vaccinated, likely meaning that they had received two shots.
During that event, Fauci was asked by a reporter whether booster infections will be added to the administration’s vaccine mandates, which are currently facing significant challenges in courts across the country.
Fauci responded that he was unable to give a definitive answer on that topic, saying, “For the time being, the definition of fully vaccinated is two [shots],” but added, “it could change.” WATCH:
REPORTER: “At what point does the booster become part of the mandate?”
FAUCI: “I can’t answer that right now. For the time being, the definition of fully vaccinated is two [shots].”
REPORTER: “Do you see that changing?”
FAUCI: “It could change” pic.twitter.com/BnP89DCNPR
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 1, 2021
Fauci’s Wednesday remarks were not the first time he gave strong signals about boosters, saying over the weekend on CNN’s State of the Union that “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.”
The hints from Fauci regarding shifting vaccine goalposts comes on the heels of a Monday announcement from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in which the agency strengthened its stance on the need for boosters, declaring that all adults “should” receive a third dose in response to the new variant, as CNBC noted.
The broad push for boosters was also echoed by Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, who said this week, “The President’s medical team continues to believe that existing vaccines will provide some level of protection against severe illness from Omicron, and individuals who have gotten boosters have even stronger protection,” in another sign that the administration may indeed try to force even more jabs on the American people.
With legions of workers currently fighting back against authoritarian vaccine mandates that threaten their very livelihoods, any attempt by administration bureaucrats to again change the rules and impose endless injections as a condition of participation in society, commerce, or travel is likely to engender resistance on a scale they never expected.