More than 28 million Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to continue to wait for guidance from federal health officials to decide what they should and should not do.
The Biden administration said on Friday that its focus is to correctly formulate guidelines and adapt to emerging science, but this delay adds to the uncertainty of ending the pandemic As the country’s virus fatigue intensifies.
Dr. Rochelle Varensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said: “These are complex issues, and science is evolving rapidly.”
Such guidelines will address a large number of questions from people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19: Do I still have to wear a mask? Can I go to the bar now? Can I finally see my grandson?
Since the first batch of Americans completed a two-dose series of COVID-19 vaccine in January, this demand has slowly increased. According to Andy Slavitt, a senior management consultant for the pandemic, more than half of people 65 and older have now received at least one injection.
In Washington State, Raul Espinoza Gomez (Raul Espinoza Gomez) has 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday.
By Easter, the 77-year-old’s immune system will be ready to protect him from the virus. Melissa Espinoza, 47, of Carnations in Washington State, said that the way the family celebrates will depend on the government’s advice. He plans to drive her father-in-law Gomez to get a second shot. .
She said: “We did not gather together like a big family during Christmas.” “We follow the recommendations of state and federal guidelines. Our family members have been adversely affected by COVID. We know the risks are serious.”
The Biden administration is concerned that the number of cases and deaths will continue to remain high, and it has condemned efforts to relax state restrictions on the virus. And waited patiently for several months.
This warning drew criticism from critics who pointed to the government’s own warning that “fatigue is triumphing” as evidence that they need to be more optimistic about the road ahead to ensure the cooperation of those who have not yet been vaccinated.
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday: “I think this will be too normative and conservative. This is wrong information.” “If we continue to be very normative, don’t give people Looking at a better future with a realistic perspective, then they will begin to ignore public health guidance.”
Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital of the Ministry of Health Policy and Public Health, encouraged the CDC to be more aware of when and how it plans to develop guidelines for vaccination.
He told the Associated Press: “To make a scientific decision requires a decision that must be made. This is really difficult when science is not established.” “They drink scientific water and sometimes it becomes a mess.”
More than 55.5 million Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than half (28.7 million) have received the recommended two doses.Single dose of Johnson Pill Soon, millions of other Americans will question which new freedoms they can safely enjoy.
“I wish I could see my great-grandson again,” said Rolando Solar, now 92. “But I know that things will not return to normal, and it is enough for an elderly person like me.”
Miami’s 65-year-old Tami Katz-Freiman received his second injection three weeks ago and plans to watch the Miami Film Festival at the home of an unvaccinated friend on Sunday. Everyone will wear a mask.
“We don’t have to discuss with each other because it’s clear to me that when you have questions and you don’t have CDC straightforward rules, you’d better stand on the safe side and take care of yourself,” Katz-Freiman said.
Three weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that if a fully vaccinated person comes into contact with a confirmed infection (90 days after the last injection), they do not need to be quarantined. However, Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and professor of public health at George Washington University, pointed out that the agency has nothing to say about it.
“(Isolation guidelines) seems to me to mean that your chances of signing COVID-19 and becoming a carrier of someone else are very low,” said Wen, who was previously the head of the Baltimore Health Department.
“(But) we need to pay attention to the things that are most relevant to people’s lives, and my patient did not come and ask me:’If I have been vaccinated, if I am exposed, do I still need to be quarantined?'” Continue.
Wen Jiabao said: “The most common question I will ask is’Can I visit my grandchildren?'”
Experts say that it is understandable that the CDC has been cautious when there are still many scientific problems, including how long the vaccine-induced immunity can last, and whether the vaccinated person can still transmit the virus to other people. . The answer is important when suggesting what kind of risk someone faces in different circumstances and how much risk they are to others.
“In clinical trials, the best vaccine is 95% effective. I didn’t say 100%. This is why we have to wear masks most of the time,” said William, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University. ·Said Dr. William Schaffner.
But he added that the CDC needs to provide more for the vaccinated people, instead of insisting on wearing the same old masks and staying away from society.
People are very eager to do something, and they want to see the tangible benefits of this vaccine. Americans are impatient. They want to continue. “Schaffner said.
Wen Jiabao said that indeed, as people turn to their doctors for advice, or just make their own assumptions and decisions, “postponing this guideline does have a price.”
Wen Jiabao said that waiting too long will weaken the importance of the agency on such issues. He believes that the CDC should have provided some kind of guidance to the vaccinated population as early as January.
Obviously, people who are vaccinated should be encouraged to make cancer check-ups, dental care or other medical appointments as needed. She said CDC officials may also say that small groups that are fully vaccinated (for example, two or three couples) can get together for dinner or other small gatherings.
Regarding small gatherings between fully vaccinated people, “the relative risk is very low, you don’t need to wear a mask, you can have a good social gathering at home,” said government leader Dr. Anthony Fauci. Infectious disease doctor, at the recent White House briefing.
Some experts discussed the possibility that movie theaters, cruise ships, or certain other businesses might be open to people receiving vaccinations and asked for proof of vaccination status. The Israeli government has begun issuing a “Green Pass” vaccination certificate to anyone who has received two doses of COVID vaccine through a certified vaccination service.
Wen Jiabao said: “I don’t know if we can tolerate the federal government issuing some form of pass in this country, just like they did in Israel.” Wen Jiabao said, but companies may want to obtain such passes, which will be an incentive. , May help increase the overall vaccination rate.
The only incentive for the Espinoza family to be vaccinated was to see that she and her husband were hospitalized for COVID-19 this winter. She is still recovering and uses oxygen at home.
Vaccinating the elders in the family means going back to their beloved tradition and taking a step closer: at the Palm Church on Sunday, a week later, looking for Easter eggs for the children and preparing a slow-cooked Mexican beef meal Meals.
Espinoza said: “I want people to stay at home and stay as safe as possible until all of us can be vaccinated and eradicate the disease.”
This story has been updated and Gottlieb’s name can be corrected.
Associated Press reporter Kelli Kennedy contributed to this report in Miami.