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Who qualifies for a Covid booster?  The list gets longer

Who qualifies for a Covid booster? The list gets longer

  • October 16, 2021

On Friday, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said people whose jobs put them at risk of coronavirus infection will qualify for a vaccination to increase the protection of their Covid-19 vaccination.

This move to include people with “institutional and professional exposure” overrides the recommendation of their agency’s advisory board and came as a surprise to many.

“It wasn’t expected, but I think Director Walensky wanted to follow what the FDA said earlier this week and support President Biden’s plan in August,” said KHN correspondent Sarah Jane Tribble.

Others who can line up for a Covid booster first include Americans 65 and over, younger people with pre-existing conditions, and nursing home residents.

So far, regulators have done a poor job defining the universe of people considered at risk due to institutional and occupational exposure, said Arthur Allen, editor at KHN’s California Healthline.

“We don’t know exactly who they all are. But we can think of some obvious groups who would have been very upset if they couldn’t qualify for a booster. That includes health care workers and teachers, “Allen said.

“We have to remember that this is not really just a purely scientific decision,” he said.

During the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting on Sept. 23, members attempted to control Americans’ demand for Covid boosters: in August polls, up to 87% of vaccinated adults said they had an additional one Dose would be received if it were we are available. Another later poll found that 93% of adults would get the injection if a family doctor recommended it.

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism on health topics. Along with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three main operational programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is a non-profit foundation that provides the country with information on health issues.

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