HEALTH. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC / EFE
The Booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines can be given, after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will overturn, this Friday, the recommendations of a key advisory group of the agency.
The last: In a rare move, Director Rochelle Walensky overturned the panel’s decision, asserting that people at increased risk of COVID-19 infection due to their jobs should also be able to receive a booster.
- The boosters will be available six months after the second dose, for those 65 and older, residents of nursing homes, people with underlying medical conditions, and those in high-risk jobs for infection.
- Walensky reported that the CDC will address, “with the same sense of urgency,” the Moderna and J&J vaccine recommendations as soon as those data are available.
- Moderna presented reinforcement data in early September. Johnson & Johnson has yet to present evidence of its vaccines to the government, but said the trials showed strong protection.
And now that? “At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health,” said the CDC director.
- Vaccine boosters are expected to be available at pharmacies, health departments, clinics, and some doctor’s offices.
- People who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine will not be eligible for the booster until the FDA gives those companies the green light.
- CDC will have to specifically define the underlying conditions of high-risk patients, as well as the jobs that will make people eligible.
Main source of the news: The Hill