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The federal government is attempting to manipulate people in receiving a COVID-19 booster shot, some medical experts say.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began this week advising people to keep their COVID-19 vaccination “up to date,” a change from the CDC’s former recommendation that people be “fully vaccinated” with either two shots of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s vaccines or one shot of Johnson & Johnson’s.
The “up-to-date” standard is open to containing one or more booster shots on top of the initial vaccination. As The New York Times reported:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said it was not changing its definition of “full vaccination” against the coronavirus. But the agency changed its emphasis on the appropriate regimen, tweaking how it referred to the shots.
The agency said that three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s vaccines should be considered “up-to-date” inoculations, and that Johnson & Johnson recipients should receive a second dose, preferably of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, to also be considered up to date.
“Well CDC just did it, as I predicted. They changed their language from ‘Get a booster’ to ‘Are you up to date?’ This manipulation [of] words implies that low-risk people without a booster are out-of-date. Also sets the stage for [frequent] boosters,” tweeted Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University. “Covid vaccinations are not software.”
Dr. Nicole Saphier, director of breast imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Monmouth, New Jersey, stated: “The CDC changing verbiage from ‘fully vaccinated’ to ‘up to date’ is a manipulation of words to influence behavior while failing to admit immunity/protection are not binary. There will be consequences of heedless measures using selective data. It’s upsetting to witness.”
Makary told The Daily Wire in December that he believed the CDC would shift from recommending people be “fully vaccinated” to stay “up to date” on shots.
“I think they’re going to do it. I think they’re going to change the definition” Makary said. “Now, for a senior person, that may make sense [for] someone over 65 if you have not had COVID in the past. That is, people over 65, if they’ve not had COVID, I do recommend they get a third dose. But for younger folks, there’s no evidence to support getting a booster dose.”
At the time, the Johns Hopkins surgeon said he feared that pharmaceutical companies “may be calling the shots right now,” not the CDC.
“They’ve not only convinced the CDC to make a vigorous recommendation for every 16 and 17-year-old to get boosted, but colleges are now drawing up plans to require a booster among students,” Makary said at the time.
“Nothing is more insane and anti-science than requiring young, low-risk, healthy students who had COVID already to get a booster shot, and there will be unintended harm from that indiscriminate booster recommendation,” he added.
The CDC’s current guidance now “recommends booster shots at 5 months after the completion of the primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 12 and older.”