NY Gov. Kathy Hochuls Delivers Devastating News for Vaccinated
“It is Literally a New Vaccine, It is Not a Booster Shot…” Old Vaccine is “Not Protecting You Today”
On Wednesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul delivered devastating news for vaccinated individuals. The Governor’s message was loud and clear: the old vaccine won’t protect you from new variants.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval and emergency use authorization (EUA) of updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for 2023-2024 on Tuesday. The development highlights the FDA’s acknowledgment that previous vaccine versions were ineffective against newer variants like Omicron XBB.1.5.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Hochul was clear about the nature of the new vaccine. “It is literally a new vaccine, it is not a booster shot, it is not an enhancer. It is a new vaccine designed to attack the new variants,” she said.
Hochul’s message dismantled any comfort that New Yorkers may have taken from previous vaccinations. “Thank you for getting vaccinated in the past, but that is not protecting you today,” she emphasized.
Hochul told New Yorkers not to be selfish, “We’ve done this since March 2020, no reason to stop now. Don’t think about just yourself.”
“Tell everybody don’t rely on the fact that you had a vaccine in the past, it will not help you this time around,” she said. “Even for healthy adults, COVID is serious, you don’t want to get it.”
With the same old rhetoric, Governor Hochul said the updated vaccine is built off the Omicron variant and will be more effective against the strains currently in circulation.
“I will be getting my vaccine very soon. This news is coming at a perfect time, my team just got off a call with the FDA confirming the COVID vaccine is on its way to New York… The updated vaccine guards against the newer COVID strains because it was built off the Omicron… variant, that’s what we’re calling it… It’s really a customized vaccine… We’re waiting to find out what age groups the FDA and CDC are recommending should get the shot… You only need one, no more double doses, and again, this will be starting here in New York on Friday,” she said.