President Biden received a bounce on social media on Thursday over a tweet that some users viewed as a thinly veiled ultimatum when it came to getting a COVID-19 jab.
Biden, speaking to the media in Rose Garden early Thursday, announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated mask recommendations for fully vaccinated Americans. The recommendations help vaccinated people without a mask in most outdoor and indoor locations. The President called it “Good Day for America”
The official Twitter account of Biden later posted that “Now a good rule of thumb is to get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do, the choice is yours.”;
Fully absorbed people can remove masks indoors, physical difference: CDC.
The tweet was quickly picked up by some influential user Glenn Greenwald, the journalist retweeted Biden’s comment and posted, “This is not really a rule.”
The tweet also raised questions about children who are not approved for the vaccine. Bloomberg journalist Dana Hull tweeted, “It is very difficult for parents of children under 12 to do this.”
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The Biden administration is focused on getting more Americans to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine, which it says is safe and highly effective. States have joined the effort and have come up with a way to entice Americans to register to prod. (Ohio just announced a $ 1 million lottery for people who are fully vaccinated.)
One concern for Americans with “Vaccination hesitation” is the idea that drugs are being accelerated to meet the urgency, a claim that public health officials have rejected.
Some Americans have pointed out that although Pfizer and Modern are likely to be allowed to be used in an emergency, the But these vaccines are not yet fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration. (Pfizer is seeking full approval and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are expected to make requests, according to ABC News.)
The FDA released a statement this week stating that the Pfizer vaccine. “Meets the legal criteria for the amendment” Emergency authorization and “The known and potential benefits of this vaccine in subjects 12 years and older are greater than the known and potential benefits. Risks support the use of vaccines in this population “
The White House did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.
U.S. health officials say it is important to vaccinate as many Americans as possible to bring the country closer to immunity. But since the start of the epidemic, critics say inconsistent messages about masking and social aloofness hurt efforts. There are concerns among some Americans who think governments limit their freedom if they don’t get vaccinated, and this tweet of Biden should help alleviate those fears.
These health workers insist that their recommendations have evolved as they learn more about the new virus.
The vaccine is touted to play a key role in limiting hospitalizations, and mortality among the U.S. virus patients is at the lowest rates since September. It’s been past and test positive rates are at their lowest since the outbreak began.
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“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, big or small – without wearing a mask or taking a distance,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a previous White House briefing. “If you’ve got all your vaccinations, you can start doing things that you’ve stopped doing because of the epidemic.”