Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has clarified her comments on Covid-19 booster vaccinations after telling the Atlantic on Monday that she is planning a Covid booster vaccination but wants to make sure those who do At higher risk, get this first.
“I’m not worried about the offer at all,” Walensky said on CNBC’s The News with Shepard Smith. “I know there have been some queues at the pharmacies here as people wanting their boosters right now could be more at risk than I am, and I’ll wait a week or two and I’ll definitely get mine.”
The CDC endorsed an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine for people 65 and older, adults with certain underlying conditions, and frontline workers including teachers, nurses and grocery store workers.
Host Shepard Smith also asked Walensky whether the process of getting a vaccine approved for children ages 5-11 should have been sped up or sped up amid rising Covid pediatric hospital admissions.
Walensky told Smith it was an “important issue” that the agency was addressing “urgently”. She added that the process is a balance between getting a vaccine for children quickly and carefully conducting clinical trials to ensure that the vaccine is safe and effective.
Pfizer and BioNTech announced in a clinical study involving children ages 5-11 that a smaller dose of their Covid-19 vaccine is safe and produces a “robust” immune response, Food and Drug Administration and other health officials “ASAP “Announced the company.
“It is imperative that the FDA is addressing this data with urgency, and once they have given their approval, if they choose, and we expect they will, the CDC will definitely make their recommendation soon after.” said Walensky called.