The CDC director retracts Sotomayor's assertion about pediatric COVID hospitalization.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was obliged to correct US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's drastically overstated assertion of 100,000 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations on Sunday.
Walensky was challenged in an appearance with "Fox News Sunday" to affirm that there are genuinely fewer than 3,500 children in hospitals with the virus.
"Yes," Walensky responded Friday, rebutting the justice's incorrect allegation.
"However," added the chairman of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "this is what I can tell you about our pediatric hospitalizations at the moment."
"To begin, the vast majority of children hospitalized are unvaccinated, and for those children who are not eligible for vaccination, we do know they are more likely to contract COVID if their family members are not vaccinated," she said, reiterating the Biden administration's mantra that the unvaccinated are fueling the pandemic's persistence.
Sotomayor made her exaggerated hospital assertion during oral arguments in a case involving the Obama administration's vaccine mandate for private enterprises with at least 100 employees.
"We now have over 100,000 children, a record number, in critical condition, with many on ventilators," the justice remarked.
In his Sunday interview with Walensky, Fox News host Brett Baier pressed the CDC director on whether she felt any need to correct the overstated numbers.
"And do you have a sense of obligation as director of the CDC to rectify a grave mischaracterization made by one of the Supreme Court justices?" he inquired.
"All right, here's what I'm going to tell you. I'll tell you right now that you're 17 times more likely to be hospitalized and 20 times more likely to die if you're not vaccinated," Walensky added.
"And hence, my role is to provide counsel and recommendations to safeguard the American people. These recommendations strongly advocate immunization for children above the age of five and booster vaccination for everyone over the age of 18 who is eligible."