CDC "real-world" study shows low-risk for vaccinated persons

The CDC has relaxed its travel guidance; CDC Director Rochelle Walensky walks back claim vaccinated persons do not carry COVID

Earlier this week, the CDC issued a statement on a “real-world” study on the effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines.

According to the release:

“This study shows that our national vaccination efforts are working. The authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provided early, substantial real-world protection against infection for our nation’s health care personnel, first responders, and other frontline essential workers,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH in the press release.

The study’s findings highlighted that the participants who were fully vaccinated with either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were around 90% less likely to be infected COVID-19. Findings showed that when an infection did occur, around 10.7% were found to be asymptomatic. In other words, vaccinated persons are unlikely to transmit the virus when asymptomatic.

The release additionally said that the study was important for showing the effectiveness of one-dose vaccines.

During an interview on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show on March 29, Walensky made the claim that “Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick, and that it's not just in the clinical trials but it's also in real-world data.”

Walensky ended up walking back that comment.

Two days before that interview Walensky said she felt "impending doom" as some areas of the country were seeing increases in cases. She repeated the doom claim again on the Maddow show.