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.
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.
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee halted the Biden administration’s push to administer booster shots for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. On Friday, an advisory panel to the FDA voted not to fully approve the booster shots for the Pfizer vaccine.
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.”
The scientist behind the creation of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine said she didn’t believe boosters were needed at the moment. In a recent interview, Professor Sarah Gilbert acknowledged boosters could be needed in the elderly or those who were immunocompromised.
Maryland’s Republican governor has called out the Biden administration for mixed messages surrounding the necessity of a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. In an interview on Sunday, Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) said he received different messages from the White House, CDC and FDA.
One doctor is sharing the stories of some patients who say they have regrets about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. He breaks it down with One America’s Caitlin Sinclair.