Vanderbilt Medical Professor Supports Wearing Masks, Even for Those Vaccinated Against COVID-19

William Schaffner, M.D.


A professor at Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases reportedly said this week that new government guidelines saying that even vaccinated people should wear masks in some areas is an idea with which he agrees.

William Schaffner, who serves as a professor of medicine, reportedly told The Epoch Times that he believes the new guidance makes sense.

“The vaccines are excellent at keeping us out of the hospital. They’re not quite as good as preventing infection, and if you’re going to get infection even though you’re vaccinated you could also transmit it to others,” Schaffner reportedly said.

“You’re less likely to do that, but nonetheless you could do it. And so I think this new guidance helps protect the people who are vaccinated and also contributes to a reduction in transmission to others.”

The Tennessee Star’s attempts to contact the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and, by extension, Schaffner, were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Schaffner, according to his biography on Vanderbilt’s website, is the current medical director and past president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He has also served on the Executive Board for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs announced this week that he won’t impose any new restrictions or mask mandates, even with the rise of the Delta variant and regular cases.

The mayor made this declaration in response to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAIH) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper. Fauci revealed that he and other public health officials were considering renewed guidance recommending masks for fully-vaccinated individuals.

Jacobs made his stance clear in an interview with reporters on Monday evening.

On Tuesday, Jacobs explained further that he prioritized individual rights over a public good.

“Individual freedoms are important to me. That’s why I stood strong against the lockdowns and will continue to fight to protect your rights,” tweeted Jacobs.

On Tuesday, the CDC updated its guidance in the near future to recommend masks for all individuals in areas with substantial or high transmission rates – regardless of vaccination status. The CDC included the link to their nationwide case tracker to relay which areas have substantial or high transmission rates.

According to the latest data released last week from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), there are 563 cases of the Delta variant in the state. Approximately 97 percent of total estimated COVID-19 cases have recovered.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “William Schaffner” by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 






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11 Thoughts to “Vanderbilt Medical Professor Supports Wearing Masks, Even for Those Vaccinated Against COVID-19”

  1. Roger

    According to numbers from The WHO we’ve had more per capita die than the Scandinavian countries who didn’t have mask mandates, didn’t shutdown their economy or close their schools. They protected the venerable and let herd immunity run through their countries. I have nothing against the vaccine, but I hate to be lied to, and we’ve been lied to from the start. When you can’t defend your position, silence any decent, and that has been Biden’s and the CDC’s ideology from the start. Sadly big tech has been an eager ally.

  2. joboo

    Just another “left wing extremist” trying to remain relevant.

  3. LM

    Maybe someone should even do a research study on the high correlation between mask wearing and Trump derangement syndrome.

  4. 83ragtop50

    He can go pound sand as far as I am concerned. He works for a wildly leftwing organization that is fully “woke” but with their minds totally asleep.

  5. Emmett Flatus

    Hard to believe your are not familiar with Dr. Schaffner. He has been a face of the China Flu Pandemic since the beginning.

  6. Ms Independent

    He seems to be a Fauci wanna be…

  7. Horatio Bunce

    “You’re less likely to do that, but nonetheless you could do it.”

    But since the CDC and TN Dept of Health are conspiring to hide that data by not counting any vaccinated people that are infected as “positive cases” until they are hospitalized or dead, we will never know. What we do know is the fatality rate for the vaccinated that get infected is over 3 times higher than for unvaccinated (which now includes those who are partially vaccinated). That’s the state’s 7/23 data. As long as they keep hiding the vaccine failures, their hospitalizations and IFR for vaccinated infected will trend to 100%.

  8. LM

    Mask wearing should be coded in the DSM as a mental illness.

  9. Tim Price

    The “good” doctor is good at talking the liberal party line.

  10. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    There are plenty of good doctors exposing the fraud in all of this. Where are the trial lawyers?

  11. Ms Independent

    This guy is a Fauci wanna be. He’s in the news constantly. There is something about him that I don’t trust.