Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box is being accused of hypocrisy after a photo emerged online that showed her not wearing a mask at a recent family wedding.
The photo was obtained and posted to social media by WIBC’s Rob Kendall of the “Mock n’ Rob Show” Monday morning.
Dr. Box defended the photo in a statement to The Journal Gazette Monday afternoon.
“I made an informed decision to take off my mask while dancing or talking with fully vaccinated guests,” she said. “This was a private event in which all but five guests present were fully vaccinated. Those five individuals included children for whom the vaccine is not yet approved and people with medical conditions whose private physicians have recommended they not receive the vaccine at this time.”
She added: “The CDC guidance calls for individuals to wear masks in indoor public settings in areas of high or sustained transmission, because those are areas in which you do not know the vaccination status of the individuals who are gathered. I continue to wear my mask in these settings and encourage Hoosiers to do the same.”
Fun Fact: The CDC’s data also shows that vaccinated persons can still spread the Delta variant. In addition, a recent study found “no significant difference in the viral load present in the breakthrough infections occurring in fully vaccinated people and the other cases, suggesting the viral load of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons infected with the coronavirus is similar.”
In referencing the data, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, said in a statement:
“This finding is concerning and was a pivotal discovery leading to CDC’s updated mask recommendation. The masking recommendation was updated to ensure the vaccinated public would not unknowingly transmit [the ]virus to others, including their unvaccinated or immunocompromised loved ones.”
Note to Dr. Box: It looks like you’re going to need a statement to defend the statement you gave to the Journal Gazette Monday.
Dr. Box ominously warned in an August 27th press conference that infections from the Coronavirus are set to increase unless more Hoosiers take precautionary measures to slow the spread of the Delta variant.
WIBC’s Rob Kendall joined the Hammer and Nigel Show Monday afternoon to discuss Dr. Box’s defense of her decision to go maskless “while dancing or talking with fully vaccinated guests.” Click below to listen.