The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing its recommendations for vaccinated Americans to receive a boost that will keep COVID-19 bullets “refreshed”.
“CDC surveillance data and other studies around the world have shown the benefits of a booster dose only after receiving a primary batch, including reducing the risk of infection, serious illness, and death,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Valenskiy White. Home news briefing on Wednesday.
The CDC recommends that Johnson and Johnson vaccine boost Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least two months after receiving the J&J vaccine.
According to the CDC, more than 71 million Americans received a booster dose.
However, health officials said on Wednesday that they were also not changing their qualifications for a “complete vaccination” against COVID-19.
The decision to retain the original prescription, created more than a year ago when the vaccines were first released, means that federal vaccination mandates do not require a booster dose for travel or employment.
Maintaining the current definition of “fully vaccinated” may make it difficult to motivate some Americans who receive basic doses of the vaccine only arbitrarily to increase, as they do not face the severe restrictions that are often applied to those who are not vaccinated. including test requirements or. indoor dining and use of other facilities are prohibited in some jurisdictions.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief scientific adviser on the COVID-19 reaction, said earlier this week that the administration was shifting its focus from vaccines and booster doses.
“We are now using the terminology of‘ updating your vaccines ’rather than‘ fully vaccinated ’,” he said in a report by the National Institutes of Health.
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The head of the CDC approves a reinforcing shock plan for young people aged 12-15
Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control, said Wednesday that people between the ages of 12 and 15 should be given additional booster doses immediately.
The day before, the CDC Advisory Board voted 13-1 to recommend that children between the ages of 12 and 15 receive an enhancing dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and Valensky quickly approved the proposal. An additional injection may be given at least five months after the end of the initial two-dose regimen.
The committee also strengthened its recommendation that 16- and 17-year-olds should also receive assistance. According to previous guidelines, age groups can be hit.
“It is very important that we protect our children and adolescents from COVID-19 infection and complications of a serious illness,” Valensky said. “This booster dose provides optimized protection from COVID-19 and the omicron variant.”
The Food and Drug Administration made its decision earlier this week, largely based on data from Israel, which found no new safety issues when 6,300 Pfizer amplifiers aged 12 to 15 received the second dose five months later. allowed.
The amplifier is a crucial weapon against the pandemic, as students return to class after the winter break, with historical, omicron-controlled situations rising.
Amplifiers are already recommended for everyone 16 and older.