By: Braden Gerow, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
A booster jab is now authorized for by the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) for those who have gone longer than 6 months since their last jab, are older than 65, those who are at risk, and those who work in front-line jobs. This means that tens of millions of Americans are now authorized for the booster jab, although they do still need the final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Independent panels from the CDC are hosting meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, and it is widely expected that they will give the approval. The CDC are expected to be putting out statements recommending which specific groups qualify as high risk and should receive the booster. Currently, the FDA says that “health care workers, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers and those in homeless shelters or prisons” should be on the list for eligibility.
The new authorization only applies to Americans who received the Pfizer vaccine, and further clearance awaits for those who were administered the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson jabs. There is some controversy about the booster jabs due to the WHO calling on richer countries to put a hold on booster shots when many third world countries (particularly in Africa) have under 10% vaccination rates.
President Biden pledged to donate 500 million vaccines, however some of the weight is taken out of the massive donation when it is considered that only a fraction of the vaccines are actually administered to the intended patients.