On the heels of federal officials’ support of booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNtech coronavirus vaccine for many fully vaccinated Americans, some states announced plans to get even more shots into the arms.
Dr. Rochelle P. Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday morning called for vaccines for frontline workers as well as people over 65 and many people with underlying health conditions, dismissing an agency advisory panel. Recommended. Individuals should also receive a second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least six months beforehand.
Tens of millions of Americans became eligible for booster shots. In a recent survey, nearly three-quarters of vaccinated Americans said they would opt for boosters if doses were available, and some sought them long before they were authorized. Federal officials Friday recommended self-verification as the best way to determine who can receive a booster dose.
“We’ve worked closely with partners, including governors, pharmacies, doctors, long-term care facilities, and other providers, to help eligible Americans get a booster shot at nearly 80,000 locations nationwide, including more than 40,000 local pharmacies. The White House’s coronavirus response Coordinator Jeffrey D. Ziants said news conference on Friday.
More than 70 percent of current vaccine administration was already taking place in pharmacies, A. According to CDC’s presentation at the agency advisors meeting on Thursday.
CVS and Walgreens both said Friday that they are ready to offer boosters. CVS said it would rely on “self-verification” from customers to determine eligibility.
State health departments generally follow the CDC’s recommendations, and on Friday many were eager to move forward.
In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogano announced That all eligible state residents could get a booster shot immediately after federal approval, which he called “long overdue.”
In Indiana, the Department of Health announced that Pfizer boosters were now available to eligible residents.
and in Vermont, officials said That residents age 80 and older can register for the booster, and the state will expand eligibility to those 65 and older over the next week.
Several states began organizing their own booster rollouts shortly after President Biden announced a plan for Pfizer and Moderna boosters in mid-August, but the plan was criticized for being ahead of the White House regulatory process, And there was internal disagreement in the Biden administration. About the need for a booster.
Over the course of weeks, several independent scientists and regulators had emphasized that there had been little research into who might benefit from the additional shots. Eventually the plan to provide Moderna Booster early was abandoned, in order to give the FDA more time to collect and study the data. And scientific advisers to the FDA and CDC wrestled last week about who should get the Pfizer booster and why.
In California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a plan Which will help eligible people access the booster, primarily through pharmacies and their primary care providers. Mass vaccination sites can be reopened in the state as per the plan.
Understand the Vaccine and Mask Mandate in America
- Vaccine Rules. On August 23, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNtech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older, paving the way for increased mandates in both the public and private sectors. Private companies are increasingly making vaccines mandatory for employees. such mandates legally permitted and has been upheld in court challenges.
- mask rule. In July the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public places within areas experiencing outbreaks, a reversal of guidance given in May. See where CDC guidance will apply, and where states have established their own masking policies. The fight over the masks has become controversial in some states, with some local leaders defying state restrictions.
- Colleges and Universities. More than 400 colleges and universities require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Almost all are in states that voted for President Biden.
- schools. Both California and New York City have introduced vaccine mandates for education workers. A poll released in August found that many US parents of school-age children are opposed to mandatory vaccines for students, but were more supportive of the mask mandate for students, teachers and staff members who have had their shots. are not.
- Hospitals and Medical Centers. Many hospitals and major health systems require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, citing the growing caseload fueled by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities, even as their Even within the task force.
- New York City. Indoor dining, gyms, performances and other indoor situations require proof of vaccination of workers and customers, although enforcement doesn’t begin until September 13. The city’s sprawling school system would require teachers and other education workers to have at least one vaccine. Dosage until September 27th without the option of weekly testing. City hospital staff must also get a vaccine or be subject to weekly testing. Similar rules apply for New York state employees.
- at the federal level. The Pentagon announced that it wants to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for the country’s 1.3 million active-duty soldiers “no later than” no later than mid-September. President Biden announced that all civilian federal employees would have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to routine testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel.
Across the country, New York plans to help distribute the shots by making $65 million available to local health departments that will lead the way in booster distribution and offering. Training over 50,000 emergency medical technicians To administer the vaccine, Gov. Kathy Hochul said in recent weeks.
“We think it’s really important that more people get it as an added layer of protection, like wearing an extra winter coat, as the weather starts to get colder,” Ms Hochul said at a news conference on Thursday. is,” he said, adding that the boosters will be made available on-site in pharmacies, nursing homes and various businesses.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this month that the city would use more than 1,900 vaccination sites in five boroughs and carry out various outreach efforts. He said eligible New Yorkers could get boosters “according to this exact moment” in an interview Friday morning.The Brian Lehrer Show“At WNYC.
Allison Beam, Acting Health Secretary of Pennsylvania signed an order Vaccine providers on Tuesday will require online scheduling of vaccine appointments, live scheduling assistance, walk-in appointments and coordination with local care agencies to help schedule homebound residents.
In West Virginia, which faces some of the worst virus conditions of any state, Gov. Jim Justice and public health officials are calling on federal regulators to sign off on a booster to increase protections for older, more vulnerable citizens.
“Our federal government moves like a tortoise and at times like a turtle it moves in the wrong direction,” he said. Friday news conference.
Major General Jim Hoyer, a retired National Guard officer who leads the interagency task force coordinating West Virginia’s vaccination efforts, said Friday that boosters are already being “given at this press conference.”