CDC Director Recommends Pfizer Booster Shot for Essential Workers
On Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced that the CDC would recommend booster shots for essential workers.
The move overrules a decision by her own advisory panel on booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The panel had decided on Thursday to recommend a third shot for people 65 and older and those with vulnerable immune systems. They did not say that essential workers or people in health care should get a booster.
Walensky’s decision will now pave the way for those workers to get a booster shot of the vaccine.
The Food and Drug Administration gave the greenlight to Pfizer booster shots earlier this week.
The CDC has only made authorized a third shot for Pfizer and has yet to consider boosters for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.