The health authority said the FDA has “no clear timetable” on when the doses from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson will gain the full go-ahead, as all iterations of the shot have received only emergency use authorization for those over the age of 12.
“I can tell you the quickest way to get people vaccinated is through mandates,” Adams, who served in former President Donald Trump’s administration, said on a segment of CBS News’s Face the Nation. “And we can’t have mask mandates. You’re hearing this from the military and from other businesses until you have full licensure of these vaccines. So if you want to get a bunch of people vaccinated, really quickly, get the vaccines licensed, and then you’ll see the military make it mandatory. You’ll see businesses make it mandatory.”
“I still think there are a lot of people out there who have legitimate questions and who have legitimate barriers,” he added. “For instance, there are people who have access issues. They’re gig economy workers. There are people who are scared that if they take the vaccine and have side effects, they’re not going to be able to go to work the next day, and they’re going to miss out on a paycheck or may lose their job.”
Last week, Adams penned an op-ed urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to amend its guidance on mask-wearing after the agency said fully vaccinated individuals need not don face coverings in most circumstances. He took the time on Sunday to further urge the CDC to issue a “clarification” on the matter as he posited people need to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in crowded areas.
“So it’s time for the CDC, if you don’t want to call it, if you don’t want to say we’re changing the guidance, let’s call it a clarification,” he said. “Let’s go out there and clarify that, yes, if you were vaccinated and you’re around other people who were vaccinated, you are still probably safe. And I still, when I’m around vaccinated people, I still don’t wear a mask. But if you’re out in public, if you’re around people who you don’t know whether they’re vaccinated or not, and especially if you’re in a community where prevalence is going up, as Dr. Gottlieb said, it is probably going to be safest for you to mask it whether or not you’re vaccinated or not.”
“And your public health officials who don’t have a good way of knowing or your businesses who don’t have a good way of knowing who’s vaccinated or not, they’re going to find that they have no other choice but to call on more people to mask it,” he said. “And the CDC needs to give those businesses, those health officials, a little bit of cover by clarifying the guidance that they have out there.”
A total of 49% of the country has been fully vaccinated, while 56% have received at least one dose. Nationwide, cases have risen 172% over the last two weeks as deaths jumped 19% and hospitalizations climbed 57%.
Author : Jake Dima
Source : Washington Examiner : Former surgeon general predicts mandatory vaccines in military after full FDA approval