dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday approved booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine for those at risk for serious infections, paving the way for millions of people to receive a third dose of get the vaccine from Pfizer.
Walensky too rejected a major vaccine panel at her own agency and went on to make her recommendation, adding that essential workers could also seek a booster shot.
Walensky released a statement saying that as CDC director, it is my job to determine where our actions will have the greatest impact. “CDC is tasked to analyze complex, sometimes imperfect data and make concrete recommendations that optimize the health of patients. Even in the face of uncertainty, it is important to take steps that will be most beneficial during a pandemic.
According to the CDC, people 65 years and older, long-term residents, and those with underlying medical conditions, should seek a third dose. Six months after the last injection, vaccines should be re-injected. A booster can be requested six months after the second injection for people between 18 and 49 who have underlying medical issues or are at greater risk from COVID-19 as a result of their job.
Walensky’s guidance was issued less than 24 hours after an advisory panel recommended boosters for people aged 64 and over, long-term care residents, and those with underlying medical conditions. Key workers were not provided with guidance by the panel.
However, Walensky’s guidelines are consistent with the Food and Drug Administration, which: Wednesday the guidelines updated to say that those at increased risk of COVID-19 infection should be eligible for a booster.
“The FDA has amended the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to allow a booster dose in certain populations, such as health care workers, teachers and nurseries, grocers, and people in homeless shelters or prisons, among others,” the acting said. FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock.
Friday’s guidelines are only applicable to people who have received the Pfizer vaccination. Officials expect guidance to be available in the next few weeks for people who have received Moderna vaccine.
The FDA and CDC already approved booster shots to be given to immunocompromised patients who have received mRNA vaccinations. that guidance was released in AugustYou can find it here.