An advisory group with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine booster shots for older adults and other people with health risks, but not for people whose occupations may cause them to frequently come into contact with the coronavirus, such as health care workers.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Thursday recommended third Pfizer shots for adults age 65 and older and nursing home residents, as well as adults between the ages of 50 and 64 with underlying conditions, six months after their first two shots. The panel also recommended that people between the ages of 18 and 49 with underlying health conditions weigh their own risks to determine whether to get a booster shot, according to the Washington Post.
One group left out of the recommendations were people whose living situation or occupations put them at frequent risk for exposure to the coronavirus, such as health care workers, teachers, grocery store workers — and senior living caregivers.
That is a departure from the recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which this week endorsed Pfizer boosters for adults 65 and older, people between the ages of 18 and 64 with higher risks of catching a severe case of Covid and workers “whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of Covid-19.”
While CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is reportedly expected to sign off on the recommendation, leaving out health care workers could toss a wrench in the plans of some senior living providers that had assumedly hoped to give boosters to both workers and residents during upcoming flu clinics.
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