Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, delivered a clear message on Wednesday to people waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“This virus is looking for you,” said Collins, director of the NIH since 2009, on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes”.
Coronavirus infections are on the rise again nationwide with the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant, but 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths in the United States are now among the unvaccinated.
Collins did not buy into some people’s reluctance to get vaccinated because the Food and Drug Administration authorized but has not yet been officially approved of the shots. (Read here to see the difference and why shots are still safe).
“Come on guys, if that’s the reason you always decide not to get the vaccine, it’s pretty fragile,” he said. “This is certainly the case, these vaccines have already been proven in numerous public data to be safe. We really don’t need that full FDA approval to accept that.
Fully vaccinated people are unlikely to be significantly affected by the spread of the delta variant and the increase in the number of cases, Collins said.
“But if you are not vaccinated, this virus is looking for you. And this is the moment when it seems like everyone is pushing their reset button, if they’ve been hesitant to get the shot, ”he added.
“This is one of the most remarkable scientific achievements that humanity has assembled, such safe and effective vaccines,” he concluded. “It’s amazing, and I must say disheartening, that we still have some 85 million Americans who resist taking advantage of this gift.”
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