NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - CDC officials are expected to meet this week to discuss the details on the possible rollout of COVID vaccine booster shots.
The president's administration wanted to start administering COVID-19 booster shots to the general population this week. However, vaccine advisers to the FDA only said no.
The FDA advisory panel only recommended an emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine to people 65 and older and those at high risk of severe COVID-19. They didn't suggest a third dose for people 16 and older, citing a lack of data about the safety and efficacy of that third dose. That's why health officials believe more Americans will be rolling up their sleeves for a third time soon.
Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine six months after full vaccination in people 65 and older and those at high risk of severe COVID-19.
"The place that might be somewhat questionable is the very youngest individuals, is the benefit/risk decision is needed there. But certainly, I think there will be a decision in the coming weeks to extend boosters beyond the list they approved on Friday," Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins said.
This news comes as healthcare leaders continue to push for people to get their first dose of vaccine. But, unfortunately, in Tennessee, not quite half of the state is fully vaccinated at 44%.