On Friday, an FDA committee recommended people over 65 and those at high risk (who got the Pfizer vaccine) get booster shots—but everyone else should not (for now). Meanwhile, the Biden administration had hoped everyone could get boosters starting tomorrow. Confused? So are a lot of people. To clear things up, Dr. Anthony Fauci , the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on State of the Union with Jake Tapper. Read on for five essential pieces of advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Dr. Fauci Said Here’s Who is Recommended to Get a Booster Now
Senior woman with caring daughter at home President Joe Biden hoped people could get booster shots by tomorrow, and Fauci once said he felt that was a good idea. Now the FDA committee says not everyone should. Only those 65 and older, or those at high risk, who got the Pfizer vaccine, should get boosters now.
"I don’t think" the FDA committee "made a mistake," said Fauci. "They did that in the proper deliberative process. And they came up with a recommendation, which I think is a good recommendation, because if you look at everyone over 65 and people from 18 to 64 with underlying conditions that make them more likely to have a severe outcome, and those who are 18 to 64, who by either institutional or occupational situation, put them at a higher risk for exposure and infection, you’re going to get a pretty good chunk of the population."
("I will certainly get a booster," said Fauci.)
"The one thing I think people need to realize is that data is coming in literally on a daily and weekly basis," said Fauci. "They’re going to continue to look at this, literally in real time, more data will be coming in on both safety for younger individuals, efficacy, both from Israel, other countries, as well as our substantial cohorts that the CDC is following. So the story is not over yet. I think people need to understand that this is not the end of the story."