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Emails Confirm Why CDC Changed Definitions of Vaccine, Vaccinated

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 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 on Aug. 25, 2021, to a colleague.

The definition is located on a page titled Immunization Basics.

“Vaccine” was defined since at least 2011 by the CDC as a product that triggers immunity, while “vaccination” was described as an injection that prevents a disease, according to archived versions of the page. However, a flood of inquiries on the definitions was triggered by the fact that the COVID-19 vaccines have been increasingly ineffective against infection by the virus that causes COVID-19, the emails show.

“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 are 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.

The changes were pushed through on Aug. 31, 2021, and Sept. 1, 2021, respectively.

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 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.”

Attorney Travis Miller obtained some of the missives in 2021 and published screenshots of them. At the time, the CDC didn’t dispute their authenticity. The Epoch Times has obtained the emails, and additional messages concerning the changes, and has published all 67 pages of them.

The batch of emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, also shows that Andrew, a CDC employee on the agency’s Vaccine Task Force, boosted a Washington Post article that downplayed criticism of the change.

“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.

“Thank you, Andrew! I really appreciate your response,” Downs replied.

A CDC spokesperson has told The Epoch Times that the “slight changes in wording” haven’t altered “the overall definition,” of “vaccine,” adding, “the previous definition at Immunization Basics | CDC could be interpreted to mean that vaccines were 100% 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.”

Some other portions of the CDC website still say COVID-19 vaccines confer immunity. One page, for instance, says that “getting a COVID-19 vaccination is a safer and more dependable way to build immunity to COVID-19 than getting sick with COVID-19.”

  • James Daniel says:

    Before Covid, vaccines were in the range of 98% or higher effectiveness at preventing one from getting the the disease they were innoculating against. The exception was the flu shot which falls short on years when they guess wrong and innoculate for the wrong flu virus.

    Smallpox and polio were wiped out because the vaccines gave an artificial immunity to the recipients and cut off transmission. The Measels shots, diphtheria vaccines, hpv and every other vaccine are pushed because they are reported by the authorities to prevent your child from getting sick.

    So, which is it going to be? By claiming that the ineffective (and potentially dangerous) Covid vaccines are immunizations, the medical establishment ultimately undermines confidence in its capabilities and integrity and will lead to more people neglecting basic needed vaccinations that actually work for their children potentially causing future epidemics of diseases now conquered.

    • Exactly! Since they have now watered down the definition of “vaccine”, what they have done is feather the beds of the folks who have been anti-vaxxers since way before this scam-demic came along. They have given the anti-vaxxers more ability to justify their arguments and even to garner new supporters.

  • Louis Galmarini says:

    The CDC is just another puppet of the global elites, to be used at their discretion, to further their NWO agenda. NO I won’t wear a mask, NO I won’t ‘social distance’, and NO I won’t stay home during lockdowns. Hey DOJ/Gestaop! When you come for me – BE PREPARED TO DIE…

  • Randi says:

    They are lying to us and have been for a couple years now. So much fraud in the world today, it’s scary. With Joe’s weaponized Department of Justice and a crooked FBI Director, they can take any one of us down, anytime

  • Rita says:

    So according to their new definition the jab still isn’t a vaccine.

  • Oh, so because you (the CDC and Fauci) have been LYING to us for the past year and a half, you have now decided to get around your lies by redefining reality? SORRY, that is complete BULLSHIT. These shots are not vaccines and never have been. They do not prevent you from getting infected and they do not prevent you from spreading it to others.



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