Right-wing media are now spreading a completely dishonest portrayal of remarks that Dr. Anthony Fauci made over the weekend, falsely claiming that he said booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccines would be required every six months.
In fact, Fauci explained that such a thing might not be necessary at all — that as the situation continues to be monitored, a single booster shot could turn out to be enough.
Health authorities and other scientific experts have previously said there are valid reasons to believe that COVID-19 vaccinations could involve just one round of booster shots. The Pfizer and Moderna boosters, which were approved by the FDA for all adults last week, are part of a normal process in which the initial round of inoculations are then reinforced later on to provide longer-lasting protection.
Fauci appeared Sunday on ABC’s This Week, and explained that this question would be monitored going forward, to see whether one booster shot or an ongoing series would end up being the outcome.
The Republican National Committee posted a dishonest tweet: “Anthony Fauci suggests Americans will need boosters every six months: ‘We’ll do it.’” Although the RNC’s own video clip included Fauci’s cautious optimism that a booster shot would last much longer and thus not require shots every six months, the RNC’s completely twisted that message into becoming the opposite idea.
The dishonest spin has quickly spread throughout right-wing media. The far-right website The Gateway Pundit included the RNC’s tweet in a post titled “Dr. Fauci: Americans May Need Booster Shots Every 6 Months (VIDEO).”
This distortion of Fauci’s remarks also extended to a discussion Monday morning on Fox Business, between host Stuart Varney and commentator Matt Schlapp, attacking both Fauci and the COVID-19 vaccines in general
“You know, Matt, it sounds to me like we're going to be vaccinated every year, forever, and I don't think Republicans will care for that,” Varney said.
“Yeah, I think he's saying now it's going to be a required booster every six months,” Schlapp falsely claimed, as Varney nodded along. Schlapp continued, saying, “I've had inoculations where I had to get a booster after five years. I haven't had one where I have to get a booster after five months. Let's face it, this shot is intended to boost our immune system — it really isn't probably a true vaccine, certainly not an inoculation.”