Ex-Surgeon General Adams on Vaccine: ‘Treat Americans Like Adults’

Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams scolded the government for treating Americans like children, and insisted that they start to “treat them like the intelligent and caring citizens of the country that they are.”

Adams told Newsmax on Friday that the government needs to give Americans the facts and statistics regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

"We've got to give them the facts," he said. "We've got to give them the data, and here's what I want people to know. Again, 95 to 99% effective at preventing severe hospitalization and death. That's important if you're at risk, if you're not at risk, or don't consider yourself to be at high risk.

"I've always said that we need to be very aware of both the messages and the messengers, and I think the new administration really needs to think about who its messengers are and what its messages are to the American people," Adams continued. "I understand why a lot of your viewers are very concerned about the idea of the federal government coming and knocking on their doors."

"What we want to do is get vaccines as accessible as possible in communities," he said. "We want people to get their questions answered. I will shame no one — no one — and we absolutely should not shame anyone for having questions about the vaccines, but what I want people to do is make decisions based on the best possible information. ... We shouldn't be talking about the federal government going door to door."

"If we talk to people in those terms, treat them with respect, and there hasn't been enough respect out there [because] there's been too much politicization ... I think they'll listen to us," Adams added. "People need to know that you care before they care [about] what you know."

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