President Biden on Friday urged people who are not yet eligible for coronavirus booster shots, while suggesting eligibility could rise sharply.
He said his administration was “looking toward a time when we were going to be able to expand booster shots, basically across the board,” and the potential for boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines.
“So I would just say, better wait your turn in line, wait your turn to get there,” Biden said.
His remarks came hours after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle P. Valensky, recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for frontline workers as well as people over 65 and many people with underlying conditions. health status, dismissing an agency advisory panel. Individuals should also receive a second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least six months beforehand. His move, though highly unusual, combined CDC policy with the support of his agency’s advisors to the Food and Drug Administration.
According to the CDC, as of Friday, more than 100 million fully vaccinated people in the United States received the Pfizer vaccine, while more than 82 million — or about 45 percent of the total — Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Supplements Received.
Scientific advisors to the FDA and CDC have not been asked to decide whether people who have received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines should receive any additional doses. Booster shots for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients haven’t been authorized by the FDA, yet, many Americans have already scrambled to get boosters, even before federal regulators signed off on Pfizer boosters this week. , usually by finding or claiming to be a cooperative pharmacist. Vaccineless.
CDC advisers noted this week that recipients of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines may feel resentful about being told to wait if evidence suggests they need a booster.
A pediatrician and infectious disease specialist at Drexel University College of Medicine in Pennsylvania, Dr. Sarah Long said she didn’t understand how officers could “say to people 65 and older, ‘You’re at risk of serious illness and death, but only half of you can protect yourself. ‘”
“It might be the right thing to do,” she said. “It just doesn’t sound like a good public health policy.”
Authorization for Moderna’s boosters could come in days or weeks. The company has filed its booster application with the FDA, seeking one shot for half the dose given in the first two shots. That detail has complicated the agency’s deliberations.
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.
The FDA has yet to receive any applications from Johnson & Johnson for a booster for its vaccine.
Mr Biden announced a plan for the Pfizer and Modern boosters in mid-August, but it was followed by criticism that the White House was proceeding with the regulatory process, and internal disagreements in the Biden administration about the need for the boosters.
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.
Also complicating the issue of boosters is that some experts advocate a mix-and-match strategy, that is, using a dosage from a different manufacturer than the individual’s initial dose. Federal regulators have indicated that there was insufficient evidence to combine the first shots of Moderna Vaccine with the Pfizer booster, or vice versa.