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Gottlieb: CDC will likely require COVID Booster to be ‘Fully Vaccinated.

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Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, said that the CDC may consider a person “fully vaccinated” against coronavirus if they have had a booster vaccine.
He said that the change is unlikely to occur this year because of ongoing debates over booster doses.
Last week, the FDA granted an emergency authorization for booster shots to all adults who have been vaccinated six months ago.

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Scott Gottlieb, the former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, stated Sunday that US officials may eventually consider people “fully vaccinated for COVID-19” if they have received their booster dose. 

Gottlieb stated that they will eventually consider the three-dose vaccine at some point, but not this year. However, it is difficult to believe that CDC will make that recommendation anytime soon due to the ongoing debate over whether younger people should be receiving the third dose. Gottlieb spoke during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci was the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and also the long-serving director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He said Sunday that the federal government’s current definition of fully vaccinated did not change.

That means people who had two doses of the mRNA Pfizer or Moderna vaccines continue to be considered fully vaccinated, as do individuals who received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

—Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 21, 2021

 

Fauci stated on Sunday that health officials were monitoring patients who had booster shots in order to assess the “durability of this protection.” 

As Insider previously reported, the US Food and Drug Administration last week expanded its emergency authorization for booster shot eligibility, making all adults eligible to receive them after previously allowing them for older and at-risk populations.

Some state leaders have suggested their definition of fully vaccinated has changed, now requiring the booster dose.

Gottlieb said that “I believe in cases when entities are going to require three doses of vaccine for people who are six month out from the first dose, they’re doing so because they’re trying to control transmission to try to end this pandemic.”

“And you also know that there are members of the public health committee who think that this is a good way to use the vaccination. But this is a discussion that’s currently taking place in the public healthcare community. He added that the CDC’s stuttering approach to booster adoption is reflective of that debate.

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