If there is one thing that Americans are fairly sure of when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that the federal government isn’t sure of anything.
The constant confusion, coupled with a repetitive rearranging of the guidance and regulations surrounding the precautionary measures that we may or may not be engaging in, has made more than a few of us think about pulling our hair out.
The unsettled nature of the entire narrative surrounding COVID has undoubtedly led to an increase in the vaccine hesitancy rate here in the United States, and the latest suggestion from Dr. Anthony Fauci isn’t going to do us any favors, either.
Fauci told CNN’s Jim Acosta that the goal continues to be more vaccinations.
“Well, to some extent, that’s indirect,” he explained. “We need the boost because ultimately it may turn out, Jim, that the ultimate proper immunization regimen is a three-dose regimen. Remember, we made it a two-dose regimen. We were dealing with an emergent situation. We needed to get those vaccines out because they were life-saving. And in fact, they have been life-saving. What we’re observing now, not only here in the United States but in other countries, including Israel and the U.K., that the durability of the protection tends to wane, particularly in the context of the Delta variant. The good news, as I mentioned a moment ago, is that the boosters really jack up the response very, very high. And we hope that that response would be durable.”
There are still a great many Americans who are uncomfortable with the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine, and hearing that the full dosage recommendation is still malleable isn’t going to have them rushing to get jabbed any time soon.