Stephen Colbert on trusting unvaccinated Americans: We’re doomed

Stephen Colbert (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for 2019 Montclair Film Festival )
Stephen Colbert (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for 2019 Montclair Film Festival ) /

The Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance when it comes to fully vaccinated people wearing masks in public. It means that unvaccinated Americans will have to be honest about their status. But when it comes to them telling the truth, Stephen Colbert isn’t as optimistic as the CDC.

According to the CDC, if you’re fully vaccinated, then you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart. State and local guidelines, as well as those at private businesses, still need to be followed. But it’s a sign that things are getting back to normal as 60 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

A population of Americans has been against the vaccine throughout the pandemic. For example, a recent survey found that Republican men were especially resistant to getting vaccinated.

Stephen Colbert’s monologue responded to the CDC’s new guidelines, highlighting how they came with no plan on how to verify who has been vaccinated. It could mean that unvaccinated Americans follow the instructions for vaccinated people. Colbert sees this as inevitable, concluding that “we’re doomed.” Check out The Late Show‘s latest edition of the “Vax-Scene” below:

Stephen Colbert finds good news and bad news about the vaccine

Stephen Colbert kicked off the “Vax-Scene” with good news about vaccination rates among Americans. The Late Show host says his faith was restored after seeing 75 percent of survey respondents are planning to get vaccinated. It’s a big improvement from when Colbert was blasting Republicans for refusing the vaccine.

The bad news according to Colbert? The CDC has no concrete way of confirming who has received the vaccination. The Late Show host summed up the situation like this:

"So, the CDC is relying on unvaccinated Americans to be honest with each other, which is never gonna happen. The only things Americans need to be safe is to be honest with themselves. We are doomed."

If vaccination rates continue to trend in the right direction, this may not be as big of a problem as Stephen Colbert suggests. Still, masks and the vaccine have been politicized throughout the pandemic and become part of an ongoing culture war. Colbert has seen enough to not get his hopes up that Americans are ready to be honest with themselves or each other.

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