On Thursday, advisors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed Covid-19 booster shots for older and vulnerable Americans older or otherwise vulnerable Americans. This reportedly includes peoples in long-term care facility residents and certain people with underlying conditions, as well.
According to CNN Health “The CDC advisers voted unanimously to recommend a single Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine booster to people 65 or older and long-term care facility residents at least six months after they were fully vaccinated.”
“They also voted easily to recommend boosters to people 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that might put them at higher risk of severe disease.”
Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot, an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University and one of the CDC advisors, reportedly told the meeting “I worry we’re getting distracted by the question of boosters and Pfizer when we have bigger and more important things to do in the pandemic”.
The panel reportedly voted against proposal that people can get a booster if they are ages 18 to 64 years and are health-care workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus.
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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky reportedly disagreed with the panel and later issued an statement “As CDC Director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact. At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.”
Dr.Talbot reportedly said “We can give boosters to people, but that’s not really the answer to this pandemic. Hospitals are full because people are not vaccinated. We are declining care to people who deserve care because we are full of unvaccinated COVID-positive patients.”
Dr. Walensky reportedly acknowledged that the data on who really needs a booster right away “are not perfect.” “Yet collectively they form a picture for us,” she said, “and they are what we have in this moment to make a decision about the next stage in this pandemic.”
Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of September 25, 9 a.m.) 471,821,155 doses have been distributed and 389,372,689 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of September 22) a total of 6,379,025 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of September 24) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 697,182 (out of 12,279,464 tested) with 8,076 deaths.