With the CDC expanding eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots— endorsing both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, while also approving a mix-and-match approach to boosters— CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joined “Fox News Sunday”.
During the 15-minute interview with host Chris Wallace, Walensky said booster shots do not change your vaccination status, despite reports late last week.
“I want to be very clear about that,” she said. “We do not have a plan to change that definition right now.”
Asked about President Joe Biden’s controversial comments during Thursday night’s disastrous town hall about firing police and first responders who refuse to be vaccinated, Walensky claimed, ”The most disruptive thing you can do to a workforce is to have a Covid outbreak in that workforce. That will most definitely not only send people home but it will send people to the hospital and some may pass.”
Regarding mandates, which have been continuously challenged and protested across all professions, she stuck to White House lines and oversimplifications.
“What we know from the police workforce is there have been more deaths from the coronavirus over the last year and a half than all other causes of death for that workforce combined. So we believe it is very important to get these people vaccinated,” Walensky argued. “There is a plan, should these people not want to be vaccinated, toward education and counseling to get people the information they need so that they are feeling comfortable in getting vaccinated.”
“We can’t get complacent yet,” she reiterated, while urging more vac…