Jen Psaki points fingers at CDC for causing confusion

White House Press Secretary is blaming the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the confusion surrounding vaccination language.

What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”? What about being “up-to-date” on your shots? When asked by a reporter whether the White House expressed any regret about the unclear nature of the distinction between the two, Psaki deflected blame all the way to the CDC.

“It was not a decision made by the White House – it was a decision made by our public health experts at the CDC who make those definitions, or determine those definitions,” she explained.

Making an effort to clarify, Psaki continued. “They’ve also said that the term ‘fully vaccinated’ refers to your primary series. So that means, being up-to-date on your vaccines.”

“It is also true that we think more people need to get boosters,” Psaki warned, “that boosters are very effective in protecting against serious illness, hospitalization.”

The confusion likely comes from a report on the CDC announcing a “pivot” in language with regards to what it means to be “fully vaccinated.” The definition is important for those whose jobs require proof of full vaccination in order to continue working, such as in the healthcare field, as well as cities and towns which may require proof of vaccine in order to dine indoors, or visit businesses.

During a press briefing on Friday, Director Rochelle Walensky explained the updates to the language.

“What we are really are working to do is pivot our language so that everyone is as up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines as they personally could be, should be based on when they got their last vaccine,” she said. “So, importantly right now we are pivoting our language, we really want to make sure people are up to date.”

“That means if you recently got your second dose you’re not eligible for a booster. You’re up to date. If you are eligible for a booster and you haven’t gotten it, you’re not up to date and you need to get your booster in order to be up to date,” she continued.

According to the CDC, the definition of “fully vaccinated is as Psaki mentioned, having received both shots of one’s primary vaccination (or single shot, for those who went the Johnson & Johnson route.) Being “up-to-date” means that one has received all vaccinations available to them, including boosters if/when eligible.

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