Jennifer Aniston is one of the millions of Americans who has gotten vaccinated against COVID-19. But not everyone in her circle has, and as the coronavirus pandemic continues, Aniston told InStyle that she made the difficult decision to stop seeing those close to her who haven’t gotten vaccinated or who haven’t been forthcoming about their vaccination status.
“There’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts,” Aniston said. “It’s a real shame. I’ve just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate. I feel it’s your moral and professional obligation to inform, since we’re not all podded up and being tested every single day. It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion—but a lot of opinions don’t feel based in anything except fear or propaganda.”
Her remarks come as the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is far more contagious than the original disease, spreads across the U.S. While those vaccinated have far better protection against it than those who are not, they can still become sick with the Delta variant and spread it. That’s part of the reason why the CDC is now recommending those vaccinated and non-vaccinated wear masks indoors.
How do the vaccines stack up against Delta? Those fully immunized, should they even get Delta, have milder cases of it and are less likely to be hospitalized.
Healthline wrote that according to an analysis carried out by Public Health England, both doses of the Pfizer vaccine are 88 percent effective at preventing symptomatic cases of Delta and are 96 percent effective at preventing hospitalization. A lab study showed two shots of Moderna also provide protection against Delta, and multiple studies have indicated the level of effectiveness in Moderna is similar to the Pfizer vaccine’s should the person have both doses.
If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, you can learn more about where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine here at vaccines.gov. There’s a lot of false information floating around about what the COVID-19 vaccines can cause. See Johns Hopkins Medicine’s and the CDC’s breakdowns on the vaccines’ actual safety from doctors themselves. (The vaccines do not affect fertility, for example, as both sites explain.)
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