This Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated that the US has to update the definition of fully vaccinated against the virus because more Americans can get booster shots.
“Right now, we don’t have booster eligibility for all people currently,” Walensky stated on the WH C-19 response team press briefing. “So we have not yet changed the definition of fully vaccinated. We will continue to look at this. We may need to update our definition of fully vaccinated in the future.”
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It happened two days after the FDA authorized the booster shots for Moderna and J&J vaccines. The FDA allowed mixing and matching coronavirus shots, meaning that Americans can get the different vaccines as a booster shot to improve the effectiveness of the original vaccine.
One month ago, Pfizer obtained the FDA authorization.
“After considering the totality of the available scientific evidence and the deliberations of our advisory committee of independent, external experts, the FDA amended the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for a booster dose in certain populations such as health care workers, teachers, and daycare staff, grocery workers and those in homeless shelters or prisons, among others,” stated FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock.
“This pandemic is dynamic and evolving, with new data about vaccine safety and effectiveness becoming available every day,” she added. “As we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, including the use of a booster dose, we will continue to evaluate the rapidly changing science and keep the public informed.”
In August, Biden stated that the booster shot would start with the application this September. But, the FDA’s advisory committee voted 16-2 against recommending booster shots for the general population and 18-0 for the people at 65 and older.
The FDA’s latest authorization says that the recipient of a one-dose J&J vaccine can get a second dose of the J&J, Moderna, and Pfizer, two months after getting the first dose.
Those vaccinated with Pfizer/ Moderna shot, only seniors or people at higher risk of C-19 because of underlying medical or workplace conditions can get the booster jab now.