NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – The U.S. Supreme Court rulings come as scientists search for new variants of COVID-19. Meharry Medical College President and CEO Dr James Hildreth said that’s why it’s important that everyone is vaccinated and boosted.
The Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees of large companies must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly tests and wear a mask at work.
“I think the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision are pretty obvious, that we’re going to have an even bigger challenge than before, especially with omicron,” Hildreth said.
Dr. Hildreth has been a scientific voice in the fight against COVID-19 since the very beginning of the pandemic.
“I think the decision is a big setback and we just have to be prepared for what’s going to happen because of it.”
Two years later, the numbers continue to climb — one in 33 Nashvillians is currently infected with COVID-19.
“I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as omicron may not be the last variant we have to deal with as there are large groups of people around the world who are still unvaccinated” , said Hildreth.
Those who are vaccinated should have a total of three shots, Hildreth said. It says if you’ve had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should get two booster shots two months apart.
Hildreth says more of the population is going without getting vaccinated or boosted, that could also mean more variants.
“I encourage everyone to get vaccinated as omicron may not be the last variant we have to deal with as there are large groups of people around the world who are still unvaccinated” , said Hildreth. “As long as this is the case, new variants can appear in these populations. So we need to get everyone vaccinated.”
Hildreth also recommends people wear an N95 or KN95 mask to help stop the spread. It says if you can’t find these types of mask to wear a surgical mask under a cloth mask.