MSNBC host Joy Reid has ignited criticism after she said she would not fly and would still wear two masks even after receiving her second vaccine dose. Critics say her stance might discourage those who’re hesitant about the jab.
“I too am one vax down, but even when I get the second shot, I am too “scurred” to be out there wildin. No flying and no indoor activities for me. Nope!” Reid tweeted on Sunday.
In the follow-up tweet, the anchor noted that her whole family are “double-masking,” and that they are not planning to get rid of any of the layers “in the foreseeable future,” presumably, even after she takes the second vaccine shot required to be considered fully immunized.
— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 11, 2021
Reid’s take on the topic of vaccination, that has been seen as a key to returning back to normal, has ruffled some feathers online. Comedian Bridget Phetasy has taken issue with Reid’s message, arguing that it does little to encourage those who are having doubts about taking a shot to go for it.
“This kind of rhetoric doesn’t do much to encourage the people who are vaccine hesitant,” Phetasy, a centrist, who previously said that she’s been a life-long Democrat voter, tweeted.
This kind of rhetoric doesn’t do much to encourage the people who are vaccine hesitant.
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) April 11, 2021
Why bother getting the vaccine? https://t.co/Syb67NOBs1
— Katie Carney (@kgcarney) April 11, 2021
What am I missing, is her post sarcasm, I 100% will get the vaccine when it’s my turn , but will have 0 hesitation to doing anything (don’t have much now as a healthy 37yo) after being vaccinated. This isn’t complex.
— Nicholas abreu (@TheNickAbreu) April 11, 2021
This denies everything the data tells us about vaccine efficacy and asymptomatic/post-immunization transmission. Science doesn’t matter anymore, we’re going to let irrational fear guide us.
It’s a terrible, irresponsible message & it’s why some decide not to get vaccinated.
— 🍀 Green loves 💚 Grogu 🌷(Fan Account) (@strong_coffee71) April 11, 2021
Conservatives have been up in arms about the remark, arguing that there is no science behind the standpoint Reid seems to be promoting.
“Party of science” really having a hard time with the scientific miracle of vaccines. pic.twitter.com/Osa5BJnJDv
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) April 11, 2021
A commenter, who said she was a nurse, argued there was no point in double-masking. “Keep it over your nose, wash your hands, alcohol gel, and you’re golden. I’m 62. You don’t need 2 masks,” she tweeted.
Many, however, came to the anchor’s defence, with one commenter noting that she’s still wearing two masks after having both shots of the vaccine.
Had both my vaccines. Still wear both my masks. I live in Michigan and am super concerned about our numbers.
— Christie. (@GoBlueBlader) April 11, 2021
In its recently updated Covid-19 guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that people who are fully vaccinated can travel domestically and internationally without quarantining and can visit households where all inhabitants are vaccinated or not at risk of a serious illness without wearing a mask. The CDC, however, recommended those fully vaccinated to stay away from large and medium gatherings, as well as to put a mask on when visiting people who are vulnerable to complications from the virus.
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On the issue of double-masking, the CDC does recommend “adding layers of material” as a way to improve the mask’s protective qualities, including to “wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.”
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