MSNBC contributor Katty Kay said she was shocked Thursday that her children weren’t interested in further COVID-19 vaccinations.
After watching a clip of a doctor describing how busy hospitals have become at the end of 2022, Kay described her personal frustration in “Morning Joe.”
“You’d think the country would respond by saying, ‘Okay, we’ll make sure we’re all up to date with our vaccines,'” she told fellow MSNBC contributor Dr. Zeke Emanuel.
However, she recounted an unexpected experience with her own family.
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“But I had a weird conversation with my 22-year-old and my 16-year-old last night, and I said, ‘Okay, I’ve booked you for COVID updates, you’re both back for the holidays, you’re going to get your reminders,” and both of them said, “No, we don’t. We’ve had enough vaccines and we don’t think we need them,” Kay said. “I was kind of shocked and appalled.”
“But is that the kind of response you’re seeing from young people right now, that they think it’s over and they don’t need vaccines anymore?” she asked Emmanuel. .
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Dr. Emanuel responded by saying that COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent transmission of the virus but prevent serial disease.
“Yeah, but I would say, you know, we keep thinking that vaccines are going to prevent getting COVID. They don’t prevent getting COVID. What they prevent is serious illness, hospitalization and death,” he said. “And young people think they’re invincible – and yes, they’re at less risk of COVID, but it’s not zero risk.”
He suggested two other methods to completely prevent transmission.
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“There are only two things that can really prevent transmission of the COVID virus,” Emanuel suggested. “One is a good mask, an N95 mask, and wearing it, especially in crowded situations on airplanes and transportation, and the other is better indoor ventilation.”