New York Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulAppeals judge temporarily reinstates New York's indoor mask mandate Judge strikes down New York's indoor mask mandate Young officer slain in Harlem joined to help 'chaotic city' MORE (D) announced during a press conference on Thursday that she is planning to introduce legislation that includes a booster shot within the definition of being “fully vaccinated.”
While the Democratic governor noted that the legislation needed to be more fleshed out and required more data to be collected, she signaled the change would happen eventually, saying that “at some point, we have to determine that fully vaccinated means boosted as well,” CNY Central reported.
Hochul’s remarks come as the country begins to see an uptick of COVID-19 cases again and as health officials grapple with the spread of the omicron variant, which President BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE’s chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciKid Rock releases anti-Biden, anti-Fauci single with a 'Let's go, Brandon' chorus Fauci: Omicron-specific vaccines 'prudent' but may be unnecessary Conservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul MORE warned on Thursday would likely be the dominant strain in "a few weeks."
Fauci also signaled that the omicron variant could have serious implications on hospitals, which could see a strain of resources.
“Besides the toll of suffering and death which will inevitably go up if in fact we have that convergence in the winter months of flu and omicron and delta, we could get our hospital systems overwhelmed," Fauci said.
The government's top infectious disease expert said he was more concerned about Americans who remain unvaccinated, reassuring the public that people who have already received the vaccines and boosters would be “relatively well protected, at least against severe disease."
Fauci said earlier this month that it "it's going to be a matter of when, not if” the definition of being “fully vaccinated” changes, but he noted that the change likely was not going to happen right away.