The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says she acknowledges that there is some confusion now in the United States about who should get a COVID-19 vaccine enhancer.
To begin with, the newly approved booster is intended for individuals who were originally vaccinated with shots made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech.
Last week, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky with most recommendations from CDC advisers to give boosters six months after the last dose of Pfizer to certain groups of people.
It includes people 65 and older, nursing home residents and people aged 50 to 64 with chronic health problems such as diabetes. People aged 18 and older with health problems can decide for themselves whether they want a booster.
But Walensky also overruled the advisers’ objections, saying people at increased risk of infection because of their jobs or their living conditions could qualify for a boost now. It includes health professionals, teachers and people in prisons or homeless shelters.
“I recognize that confusion right now,” Walensky told CBS “Face the Nation.”
“We are evaluating this science in real time,” she said. “We meet every other week to evaluate science. Science may well show that the rest of the population needs to be boosted, and we will provide these guidelines as soon as we have the science to inform them.”
People who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are waiting to hear when they may be eligible for a booster.
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