On Friday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told Fox News that a federal mandate to get vaccinated is “something that I think the administration is looking into. It’s something that I think we are looking to see approval of from the vaccine.”
It only took a matter of a few hours for the director to walk that statement back.
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That clarification seems to be a far cry from the question asked by Bret Baier and the answer provided by Walensky.
Baier asked, “Are you for mandating a vaccine on a federal level?”
The head of the CDC then responded that not only was the administration looking into it, but doubled down saying, “Overall, I think in general, I am all for more vaccination. But I have nothing further to say on that except that we are looking into those policies.”
It appears that she said, more than once, that the President’s team is absolutely looking to see what it would take to enforce mandatory vaccines.
Walensky also followed President Biden’s lead in calling the current threat of the virus, through the Delta variant, the “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” and pushing for more Americans to get the shot.
But just one day earlier, she tweeted, “New data show fully vaccinated people who are infected with #DeltaVariant might be infectious & potentially spread #COVID19 to others. Protect yourself & others when in areas of high or substantial transmission by wearing a mask in public indoor settings.”
Combining the two seemingly contradictory messages appears to say that, the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated, even though you the best way to protect yourself is to wear a mask.
What are your thoughts on the two distinct messages from the CDC Director? Comment below.