CDC Director says “we’re pivoting our language” and “If you are eligible for a booster and you haven’t gotten it, you’re not up to date”

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said her agency plans to  “pivot the language to make sure that everybody is as up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines as they personally could be, should be, based on when they got their last vaccine.”

“So, importantly, right now, we’re pivoting our language,” Walensky said. “We really want to make sure people are up to date.  That means if you recently got your second dose, you’re not eligible for a booster, you’re up to date.  If you are eligible for a booster and you haven’t gotten it, you’re not up to date and you need to get your booster in order to be up to date.”

Previously, Walensky had stated that the definition of being fully vaccinated would not change from those who have received their primary series of their COVID-19 vaccine.

January 5th she said “So, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they’ve received their primary series.  That definition is not changing.”

“But consistent with how public health has historically viewed or even talked about how we recommend vaccines, we are now recommending that individuals stay up to date with additional doses that they are eligible for,” she added.