During a press conference on Thursday, the Democratic governor of New York announced that she plans to expand the definition of fully vaccinated.
“At some point, we have to determine that fully vaccinated means boosted as well,” Hochul proclaimed. “And we’ll give people a sufficient timeframe to make that happen.”
Currently, New York classifies “fully vaccinated” as when a person has received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“People are underestimating the power of omicron because they say, ‘people aren’t getting sick, they aren’t going to hospitals;’ but if you have a million more people infected, that means you will have over-flowing hospitals at this rate,” Hochul said. “This is a crisis; this is a healthcare crisis and people are going to die.”
CNY Central reported, “Gov. Hochul emphasized that if people had gotten vaccinated early on in the pandemic, the mask mandate would not have been necessary.”
The outlet noted that Dr. Mary Bassett — the Health Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health — said during the press conference that the current winter spike of COVID-19 cases is something the state anticipated.
“We’re in the midst of a delta surge, and we have omicron in the wings,” Bassett said.
Earlier this month, Fauci was asked by a reporter, “At what point does the booster become part of the mandate?”
Fauci responded, “I can’t answer that right now. But I know that for the time being, the official definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is two [doses].” Read Full Article >