24 September 2021 –
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky ,Late Thursday, , MD, defied her agency’s advisory council and ordered boosters to be made available to front-line employees. But, she added at a Friday briefing, the extra protection won’t be enough until the unvaccinated get their injections.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the boosters for all persons 65 and older, as well as those 50 to 64 with medical concerns, on Thursday.
Although the committee decided against widening the advice to include those aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk due to their jobs, Wilensky overruled the committee’s decision. Front-line personnel, such as health-care workers, grocery-store employees, and teachers, are among them.
But, according to Walensky, that boosters will not be enough to defeat the infection
After six months, some 60 million Americans will be eligible for a third dosage of the vaccine, with 20 million now eligible, according to federal health experts.
COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients of the White House remarked, “We are ready to get booster doses in arms right now.” “We’ve secured enough boosters for every American,” he claimed, adding that they will be provided free of charge to anyone regardless of immigration or insurance status.
Booster injections are available starting today at more than 80,000 places nationwide, including 40,000 pharmacies, according to President Joe Biden during a Friday morning briefing.
Only those who have had the Pfizer vaccination are eligible for a third dose at this time. According to US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, this is expected to alter in the next weeks.
“We want to make sure your COVID-19 defense is as strong as possible. As a result, the FDA is working closely with Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to ensure that their data is received and analyzed as quickly as feasible. Anthony Fauci, MD, a leading infectious disease expert, advised the public that receiving boosters before the 6-month time is up will reduce their effectiveness.