Americans can soon receive their booster shots. The Food and Drugs Administration gave the green flag to third vaccine shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for citizens with a high risk of illness. Citizens above 65 are eligible for booster shots. Adults at higher risk of infection and immuno-compromised adults are also allowed to take the Pfizer boosters.
Pfizer Boosters Get Fda Approval For Adults
The Pfizer boosters are not recommendable to the citizens vaccinated with other vaccines. The FDA and CDC will decide later on for the booster dose from Moderna and Johnsons and Johnsons.
President Joe Biden wanted a grant of boosters for all Americans. However, The FDA announced its decision against it and approved boosters only for the elderly and high-risk groups of people.
President Biden said that the choice of the vaccine, the schedule of administering it, and the selection of people eligible for the booster dose is up to the FDA and CDC.
There is still a long way ahead before Americans start getting their booster shots.
The CDC is responsible for deciding who will be eligible for the booster dose and the schedule of administering it. CDC will release more specific guidelines about who should take the extra shot and when.
On the first day of the two-day meeting called by the CDC, some experts looked confused by the questions about the distribution of boosters. Some of the experts suggested a break of one month for collecting more pieces of evidence.
The CDC experts and advisors are presently uncertain about the booster doses for Americans. This uncertainty shows that the science behind boosters is complicated.
The unthoughtful announcement by the President about the booster doses for all Americans is facing criticism. The FDA advisory committee too overwhelmingly rejected Biden’s call for boosters to all.
Dr. Janet, the acting commissioner of FDA, said, “FDA authorizes boosters only for the most vulnerable American population.”
In another setback to the Biden administration, FDA recommends a third dose after six months, which is different from Biden’s proposal of eight months.
Now the CDC committee must decide who comes under the most vulnerable American population. Data from Pfizer and the Israeli government showed the importance of boosters for 65 and above. But giving booster shots to younger people did not show much benefit in the reports from both parties.
When the discussion on the boosters is at its peak, the vaccination rate is still low in the United States. Hospitalization rates among unvaccinated people are high. Hospitals are not able to provide care to all the incoming patients.
Dr. Helen from Vanderbilt University says, ” we don’t have the workforce to attend all the unvaccinated Covid-19 patients they keep coming.”
Hospitals are once again working over their capacity and are bound to ration care.
The World Health Organisation and other global organizations openly oppose the distribution of the third dose in developed countries. Many poor nations are struggling to get the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for their citizens.
Americans have a deep conflict over getting the booster shots before most of the rest of the world’s population gets its first dose.