The opinion expressed in the Sept. 29 Reader's View titled: “Was CDC's split vote 'settled' science?” is based on a logical error.

Knowingly or not, the author constructed their flawed argument against COVID-19 vaccination using partial information and omitting information that would invalidate their argument altogether.

The author leveraged the logical fallacy of omission — a logical error where the complete set of information is omitted to support a predetermined conclusion. The author cited the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) 9-6 vote against recommending a booster dose for people aged 18 to 64 who are at risk of COVID-19 due to their occupation or living situation and suggested that this somehow invalidates the science behind COVID-19 vaccination. This argument is logically disingenuous and dangerously misleading.

Put in context, the ACIP also voted 15-0 in favor of recommending the booster for persons 65 years or older and long-term care residents, 13-2 in favor of recommending the booster for persons 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions, and 9-6 in favor of recommending the booster for persons 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions. And by the way, the CDC director later approved boosters for people aged 18 to 64 working in high-risk occupational and institutional settings.

The science and professional opinion on this matter is quite clear. Vaccination reduces the risk of serious illness resulting from COVID-19. People with underlying medical conditions 18 and older and folks who are 65 and older living in long-term care facilities are strongly encouraged to get the booster.

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DNT staff should keep an eye out for these types of logical fallacies before publishing anti-vaccination propaganda. Promoting anti-vaccination propaganda puts our community at risk.

David D. Grandmaison


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