FDA Panel Endorses Pfizers Vaccine Booster Shots Only For 65 Or Those At Risk For Severe COVID

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine's CDC and president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said the current guidelines are confusing and generate more work for state and local health officials who have to determine who's eligible. The group wants the CDC to distribute the shots to everyone 18 and older to streamline the eligibility process, he said.

"Such a move has the benefit of easing pressure on state health department immunization program staff, who are now fielding a high volume of booster eligibility questions," he told the panel.

"As a clinician deep in the clinical trenches, I am really glad that we have clarity and streamlining of the recommendation so that all Americans can understand the vaccines that are recommended for them at this time," committee member Dr. Camille Kotton said after the vote.

Side effects from both Pfizer's and Moderna's third shots were mild in the overwhelming majority of study participants, including pain at the injection site, headaches, fever and chills, according to the data.

Moderna found the side effects from its booster doses were comparable to those experienced by patients after the initial two-dose series, including headaches, fatigue and muscle aches and pains. However, the company is still gathering safety data as its clinical trial of more than 15,000 participants is ongoing, according to Rituparna Das, who presented on behalf of Moderna during the meeting.

Source : https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/19/cdc-panel-unanimously-endorses-pfizer-and-moderna-boosters-for-all-us-adults.html

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