WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the ongoing federal response to COVID-19 on May 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

CDC relies on honor system for booster shot eligibility

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is relying on the honor system to determine which individuals will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot first. The agency announced on Friday, it’s recommending booster shots for individuals 65-years of age and older, people who work in high-risk environments and living situations, among others. 

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a person was injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Pfizer announces COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds is safe

According to Pfizer, recent clinical trials show their COVID-19 vaccine is ”safe” and creates strong anti-bodies in children aged five to 11-year-olds. In a highly-anticipated press release Monday, the medical research company said it would seek FDA emergency use authorization for the vaccine’s in children by the end of the month.

SAVANNAH, GA - DECEMBER 15: A nurse shows off a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of the Chatham County Health Department on December 15, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was on hand to witness initial administering of vaccines in the state. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

FDA staff declines to take a stance on the need for third booster shot

Staff at the Food and Drug Administration have refused to take a stance on the need for a third COVID vaccine dose, saying the data still needs to be reviewed. That’s according to documents posted to the administration’s website on Wednesday, noting there are many studies. However, the FDA “has not independently reviewed or verified the underlying data for their conclusions.”