Mississippi has reversed its stance on indoor gatherings for vulnerable populations regardless of vaccination status.
The Mississippi State Department of Health released new guidelines on Friday and surprised many of the state’s conservative citizens. The new recommendations warned all vulnerable populations to avoid mass gatherings vaccinated or not.
This was a surprising move for a southern state that has managed to avoid a large part of the hysteria around coronavirus.
The department said in a statement accompanying the guidance that “Mississippi is experiencing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Numerous outbreaks have been identified in youth camps, faith-based gatherings, funerals, and social events.”
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sounded off on the situation, saying, “We are seeing that communities and counties that have high vaccine coverage and low case rates are getting back to normal. Turning the corner on this pandemic, getting back to normal, and stopping the Delta variant requires all of us to do our part and to get vaccinated.”
What’s missing from these statements is an explanation for why vaccinated individuals should be avoiding gatherings. It is almost like health agencies are beginning to suggest that the vaccination may not be as effective as advertised.
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