CDC Director: COVID-19 vaccines no longer prevent transmission when it comes to omicron

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky went on CNN to update the American public on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines amid the omicron surge. Walensky confessed on the news network that America’s COVID-19 vaccine inventory no longer prevents transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

“Our vaccines are working extremely well. They continue to work well in regards to delta in severe illness and death and prevent it,” the CDC director said. “What they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission. So if you’re going home to somebody who is not vaccinated…or immunosuppressed, I recommend you wear a mask in an indoor setting.”

Vaccines are still being credited by government health agencies in America for reducing the severity of COVID-19 infections, with fewer hospitalizations and fewer serious illnesses and death among vaccinated patients being treated for the omicron strain of the virus.

A September bulletin issued by the CDC reported lower vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 illness and hospitalization among immunocompromised people. In addition, numerous studies have shown reduced immunologic response to COVID-19 vaccination among people with various immunocompromising conditions.

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The CDC said more recently that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

“More data is needed to know if Omicron infections, and especially reinfections and breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated, cause more severe illness or death than infection with other variants,” the CDC said in a statement.

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