“You’ve got a vaccine, and science is telling you that it’s very, very effective. So why is this big push to make sure everyone has the vaccine?” Johnson asked.
However, in a McKenna interview, Johnson said he is confused by the “big push” to get all Americans vaccinated.
“From my point of view, because it’s not a fully accepted vaccine, I think maybe we should limit the distribution to the weak. For people who aren’t really, you know, for a very young age, I’m There seems to be no reason to push the vaccines. On the people, “Johnson said.
On Friday, CNN was asked if they believed that every American over the age of 16 should receive the vaccine, so Johnson would not directly answer the question and instead favored Americans to get vaccinated. I am making my decisions.
“I believe the government’s role (and therefore my role) is to help ensure transparency so that people have more and more knowledge in making informed decisions about themselves,” Johnson said in a statement. “It is a legitimate question whether people at very low risk of suffering from severe disease from Kovid, especially young and healthy, should be encouraged to take a vaccine that is being administered under the Emergency Use Authority Is – in other words, before it has been thoroughly tested and fully approved. “
However, Johnson’s warning about the Emergency Use Authority is misleading. Both Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines – two current US vaccination options – received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration in December. For Pfizer / BioNtech, which includes everyone over the age of 16, and for the modern, everyone who is 18 and older.
This story has been updated with developments in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
CNN’s Ali Main, Maggie Fox and Lauren Fox contributed to this report.