Newly obtained emails confirm that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its definition for both "vaccine" and "vaccinated" because people were pointing out that the definitions didn't seem to apply to the COVID-19 vaccines.
"The definition of vaccine we have posted is problematic and people are using it to claim the COVID-19 vaccine is not a vaccine based on our own definition," Alycia Downs, a CDC official, wrote in an email to a colleague on Aug. 25, 2021.
"Our question is how is the CDC and the rest of the world allowed to call the shot a vaccination when it doesn't even meet your own definition," one person wrote to the CDC.
"Right-wing covid-19 pandemic deniers are using your 'vaccine' definition to argue that mRNA vaccines are not vaccines," another said.
The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are both built on messenger RNA technology. They're two of the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States.
Downs and colleagues Allison Michelle Fisher, Cynthia Jorgensen, Valerie Morelli, and Andrew (no last name given) worked on changing the definitions for "vaccine" and "vaccination," according to the emails.
Changing Definitions"Vaccine" is now defined as "a preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.
"Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but some can be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose," the definition reads.
The previous definition was "a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose."
"Vaccination" was changed to "the act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease" from "the act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease."
"I've only seen a couple of inquiries about the change to this page. I think the WaPo article explains the problem well—that people are misinterpreting 'immunity' to mean 100% protection," Andrew wrote.
Downs replied, "Thank you, Andrew! I really appreciate your response."
A CDC spokesperson told The Epoch Times that the "slight changes in wording" haven't altered "the overall definition" of "vaccine," noting that "the previous definition at Immunization Basics | CDC could be interpreted to mean that vaccines were 100 percent effective, which has never been the case for any vaccine, so the current definition is more transparent and also describes the ways in which vaccines can be administered."