[Ed. – Update: the features of the discussion have shifted with the CDC routinely referring to the experimental mRNA injections as vaccines, so we will go with the CDC standard here. Debating the Moderna and Pfizer shots as vaccines dates to a year ago. The J&J shot is a vaccine developed on an older, vaccine-standard model using an adenovirus to stimulate immune reaction. See this link for the distinction in vaccine approaches (“Vaccine Types”). This link has a good, accessible discussion of what’s new in the experimental nature of the mRNA approach. Thanks to HP for querying and prompting the update. – J.E.
I’m not sure which part of “mRNA injections are not a true vaccine” has failed to register. It’s as if that just dropped off the radar. Only the Johnson & Johnson shot is a vaccine, and far fewer people have gotten it. The point of the mRNA gene enhancement is to help your body fight off symptoms as it develops antibodies. It wasn’t advertised as reliably or mainly preventing infection. Thought we knew this from the get-go. People can be pardoned for being highly skeptical of pretty much everything coming from the authorities at this point.]
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said recent studies had shown that those vaccinated individuals who do become infected with Covid have just as much viral load as the unvaccinated, making it possible for them to spread the virus to others. Based on that finding, Walensky said the CDC is also recommending that all school children wear masks in the fall.
Administration officials had been struggling in recent days with how to respond to the rising number of Covid infections and hospitalizations among those who are fully vaccinated amid pressure from public health experts to put mask recommendations back in place.