CDC announces ‘pivot,’ officially changes definition of fully vaccinated

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced a “pivot” in the language defining what it means to be fully vaccinated.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky shared the new wording, explaining being “up to date” during a Friday press briefing.

“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,” Walensky continued, going on to address booster shots.

“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,” Walensky said.

According to the CDC website:

Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.


Walensky noted in a post on Twitter that she has been in the role as CDC director for a year, adding: “When I took this job, I had deep respect for the agency— that has only grown.”

Meanwhile, as the CDC pushes for boosters among children, the World Health Organization said there is “no evidence” that they are needed.

“There is no evidence at present that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday,” according to Reuters. “Speaking at a news briefing, she said that while there seems to be some waning of vaccine immunity over time against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus, more research needs to be done to ascertain who needs booster doses.”

Twitter users reacted to Walensky’s announcement on the CDC’s “pivoting” language on what it means to be fully vaccinated:


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