COVID recommendations from the CDC can change seemingly overnight, which might explain why Rep. Don Young’s new video urging Alaskans to get vaccinated is already out of date.

It’s unclear when Young recorded his message, but it was posted on July 29, showing Young sitting at his desk and extoling the benefits of the experimental COVID shots. The video was produced by the State of Alaska as part of it’s “Sleeves Up for Summer” pro-vaccine campaign.

“There’s much misinformation out there, so I’ll be very clear in my position,” Young begins. After assuring Alaskans that the shots are safe, effective and free, he then says Alaskans must take the new Delta strain seriously.

“That is why I chose to get vaccinated and I think you should do the same. These shots can save your life and the lives of people around you. They’ll help us fight this virus and get done with it, so we don’t have to wear the mask anymore.”

Young’s comments about the vaccinated being able to ditch masks comes just two days after the CDC issued new guidelines stating that the “fully vaccinated” should wear masks indoors to minimize their chances of contracting or spreading the virus.

Additionally, the CDC is now saying the fully vaccinated should get tested if they come in contact with someone who has COVID, even if the vaccinated person has no symptoms.

“You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative,” the CDC states. “You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.”

The new CDC guidelines come just six weeks after the agency proclaimed fully vaccinated people could dispense with masks indoors because of the protection vaccines provide. The revised guidelines suggest that vaccines are not nearly as effective at preventing the contraction or spread of COVID.

While the CDC advice is not mandated, multiple state and local governments lean heavily on the agency’s guidance to impose mandates at the regional level.

Juneau, for instance, just announced that it will return to a masks mandate for all residents in indoor public settings as well as outdoor settings where six feet of distancing cannot be maintained.

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Rep. Young contradicts CDC in telling Alaskans to vax so they can ditch masks

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Jman says:

    I received this in an email from Don,
    I replied that the only thing I want to hear from him was he fully supports a forensic audit of the 2020 election. And I can take care of my family’s Vaccine needs my self.
    Also with the CDC being so wishy washy why would we trust them ?

    • EscapedAnchorage says:

      I wrote him back too, except I wasn’t as clever as to bring up the audits. I should have been! I asked if he’s looked at VAERS recently because I’m gonna have to think no he hasn’t.

      • Lobo says:

        Don’t worry… If he (his staff) responds as he usually does.. IT will be 4 months later, and it will be a fireside, 30 page novel, addressing almost everything except the subject that you wrote him about.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Don, he’s just a little old and forgetful.
    He probably got his shot 6 months ago.
    The CDC is just a recommendation like don’t eat rare meat, raw cookie dough or wear a mask.
    No diaper mask or shot for me.
    And all you people who got the covid shot stay away from me.
    Wait it was us, unvaccinated bad people who you were to stay away from. Funny how that turned out
    More madness

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Funny how comments on Youtube disappear within seconds. Just posting “Rev13:16-17” is now considered hat speech by Big Brother and the Beast System.

  • Andy says:

    Where the hell is the reasoning behind this? Take the vaccine, it’s safe…based on what? Sure, if it had 10 years of solid data saying it’s safe, ok I’d take it. Employers, if your employees you forced to take this suddenly all have debilitating health issues months from now what do you tell them? You tell them they are an “at will employee” right? Of course it’s right because there nothing else you can do. No clotshot for this guy.

  • Matthew says:

    Don needs flushed with the rest of the sewage. Take your vax, tax and commie appeasement elsewhere. We won’t forget your treason Don.

  • Ceak says:

    I sent him an email immediately after receiving his propaganda. I gave him a piece of my mind. I told him to start caring about his constituents more than what the big government says. I will never vote for this man again if he continues down this road.

    If you didn’t like his message, let him know! Flood his inbox with your thoughts. He works for us.

  • Jen says:

    …while Don Young looks older, frailer, pailer, and thinner since his age group recieved the covid shots. He doesn’t look the healthy same as I remember seeing him full of tan color, fatter, and full vigor.

    • Jen says:

      Don Young slurred through the video. He usually was very clear communicating on video without slowness and slur ofspeech.

      I noticed everything! People are not acting nor looking the same after the covid shots.

      • Fire says:

        You’re right. Don is headed for a stroke. Probably soon.

      • Fire says:

        That sounds more harsh than I meant it to. I hope Don does not have a stroke. Watching that video, I must say something is very off with his speaking. Its sounds as if he’s already had a small stroke, is on alot of medication or booze or in danger of a stroke. It would be nice if Alaskans, who are his employer, were informed. But I’m sure we’ll be lied to, AS USUAL.

      • Fred Lee says:

        Interesting observation! I’m grateful to have retained my keen senses despite having protection against a deadly virus. Unfortunately the 630,000 dead Americans are definitely not looking the same :(.

        Nor the tremendous number of long-haulers who are experiencing crippling weakness and brain-fog as a result of their severe infections

        🙁 🙁

  • Herman Nelson says:

    Well Don.. You lost my vote. You decided to stand with the nazi’s. I imagine you support rounding up Americans at gun point at putting them in boxcars headed for “quarantine camps”. Don, you should go to Dachau sometime.. Then you’ll realize that what you’re supporting are the same people who set up and ran the camps. Better yet, Over the door of your office hang up a sign that says “Arbeit Macht Frei”

    • Fred Lee says:

      You do all realize that mandatory vaccines are nothing new, right?

      Any of you who have been in the military should be well aware of this. You show up and start getting shots. Overseas deployment? Time for a second round. Same for foreign service, and anyone who has gone to grade school. And anyone who works for a company and traveled overseas.

      Vaccines are not new. They have been with us for decades. Unforunately it is clear that the readers of this blog have little experience with the military. Traditionally conservatives have coupled fierce individuality with a sense of civic responsibility. Today’s “conservatives” are nothing of the sort. Very disappointing.

      • Linda says:

        Are you talking about an unproven medication that has not been shown to be effective? Or one that has been around and effective for decades!?

      • Herman Nelson says:

        Yep.. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. All with approved and extensively tested vaccines. Fred- you realize we’re talking about vaccinations with vaccines that were tested and approved. Anthrax was not completely tested and approved and no, I did not go in for anthrax shots. The current scam of wuhan virus vaccinations are a emergency stop-gap and not approved because they have not been extensively tested. You do realize you have to sign a waiver of liability before receiving the wuhan virus vaccinations, also life insurance companies are not doing pay-outs for deaths due to the vaccinations.
        Like my 4th grade teacher used to say “Billy jumped in the volcano, so that means you’re going to jump in with him?”..
        Logic- vaccinations means you are inoculated against a disease and now protected against it. It also means you cannot pass the disease onto other people. UNLIKE this “vaccine” where you can still get wuhan and pass it onto other people. This does not fit the definition of vaccination. Too bad you’ve been drinking too much koolaid. This is making Jim Jones look like an amateur.

      • Lobo says:

        When you sign up for the military, you agree to “follow orders”, sign your name, and fall in line. We aren’t talking about private American citizens here… Taking an “experimental” vaccination, not approved by the FDA. There as sheep, and then there are Blue Heelers.

  • Ralph says:

    The scientific method has been given up to peer review, authority puppets, speculation, fear mongering, and social justice.
    Peer review is a bunch of people who were taught the same thing.. not very scientific, nor does it truly consider anything opposing their speculation.
    -The only authority I trust is God.

  • JinAK says:

    Congressman Young: Let’s NOT get vaccinated. Who made this elementary school infomercial for the Pharmaceutical companies?
    Do you think your message will do any good? You are out of touch. The Alaskans who will not get the shot are NOT getting the shot. We are not “hesitant”, we are adamantly opposed and knowledgeable enough to make this decision based on our own investigations about what is best for our bodies and the bodies of those we love. The technology is experimental no matter who tries to say otherwise. The VAERS data base is chock full of deaths, disabilities and injuries caused by these jabs. Please familiarize yourself with this CDC reporting system.
    I called his office BTW and it was more satisfying speaking to a real person who said she would give my “message” to him. Yes, blast his office with calls and e-mails.

  • Loe says:

    Don Young has also survived covid as an old man. He knows we don’t need the jab to survive what he called the “beer virus”

    • Fred Lee says:

      630,000 dead Americans would disagree with you.

      • Lobo says:

        I doubt that… Where was everyone when the seasonal flue was taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of lives ? A figure that the CDC, and NIH is silent on now.

  • Nicole says:

    Has EVERY politician been bought and paid-for by the pharmaceutical drug companies!?! Since Mr. Young claims the non-FDA-approved, messenger-RNA injections are “safe and effective,” then he must be willing to sign a contract taking personal responsibility for any and all injury and death resulting from the experimental injections he’s peddling to Alaskans. Is he really ignorant of the tens of thousands of reported severe adverse reactions and deaths on the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)? How can he reasonably claim he KNOWS the experimental, non-FDA-approved injections “work,” when the drug manufacturers, who remain shielded from liability for injury and death caused by their products, state they do not prevent infection or transmission? How much is Mr. Young getting paid to harm Alaskans?

  • Richard H Russell says:

    Randy Purham is running against Don as a conservative. He has a lot of respect for Don and his years of service, but also realizes that he could have medical issues because of his age

  • Steve says:

    Don Young is still alive? Hell, I though he died years ago.

  • Bob Connex says:

    Don’s been a contradiction for many years. Remember when used to be for term limits. He really showed his true colors after the last general election.

  • Herman Nelson says:

    Don went off the deep end. We were told “only 14 days to flatten the curve”. And that was….? 18 months ago. Then it was 6 feet of “social distancing” because at 5’9″ you could get wuhan virus. And there were masks, never mind that masks work as well as a chain link fence to keep mosquitos out. I did not see too many people wearing what they really should be wearing for biological agents- NBC suit and protective mask with filters. Then the vaccinations came out. Adverse side effects and death is what they brought. Now we find out the vaccinations don’t work, those vaccinated can still come down with wuhan virus and die (wait one- isn’t a vaccination supposed to protect you from contracting the disease…?). The CDC is running out of excuses and lies, so they came out with the “delta variant”. I’m waiting for the “Bravo Sierra variant”. Then the CDC said those vaccinated need to wear masks because they could be spreading wuhan virus (never mind the chain link fence to mosquitoes analogy). CDC- if you’re going to lie, try to keep your lie straight. If you want to know what the CDC will do tomorrow- throw darts at a spinning dart board.

  • Fred Lee says:

    It’s a little hard to take Representative Young seriously.

    Let’s not forget this is the same politician who downplayed the severity of Covid, calling it “The Beer Virus”, despite overwhelming evidence at that time that it was a deadly virus that had already killed tens of thousands.

    This is the same politician who mocked teenage suicide.

    This is the same politican who proposed wasting funds on the bridge to nowhere.

    This is the same politician who described a massive BP oil spill as a “natural phenomena”.

    This is the same politican who supported the election of a reality show tax cheat and sexual predator for President two times.

    Really tough to start taking him seriously now.

    • Herman Nelson says:

      It’s a little hard to take brain washed people seriously.
      Let’s not forget your numbers are skewed and you are regurgitating propaganda to instill fear into people.
      The BP oil spill.. You mean the one where they were picking massive amounts of oil that came from a destroyed tank farm caused by the 1964 earthquake..?
      Really tough taking liberals like yourself seriously.

      • Fred Lee says:

        Define liberal. My main concern with government today is its size and scope. This is in sharp contrast to RINOs like Young who consistently vote for more government spending and larger deficits. I’m no friend of the Democrats either.

        Today’s Republicans have lost touch with traditional conservative values. They are thinly veiled democrats who support massive government spending and government intrusion on private lives. They stand against the individual freedom to transact business freely. Supporters of today’s GOP are not conservative, they’re quite progressive. Some of us still support traditional conservative ideals of individualism with an eye for civic responsibility. Small federal government that retains local government control. Three separate branches of government with a strong system of checks and balances. We’re more and more rare. But we’re still out there.

      • Herman Nelson says:

        Well, Fred.. We found something we can agree on.

  • Linda says:

    I think it’s time to exchange ALL THREE of our Republican representatives for new ones that are more conservative…value our freedoms and can’t be BOUGHT by the left!! ‘Kissing ass’ should not be part of their protocol!!