UPDATED 6:07 PM PT – Saturday, August 7, 2021
The Biden administration is reportedly gearing up to issue new guidance on a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Reports said the Food and Drug Administration is expected to make the announcement in the coming month, advising people with weakened immune systems to receive a third shot.
This comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director said the agency will use evidence, such as immune responses and vaccine effectiveness, to come to a decision on booster shots. Pfizer is already seeking authorization for a booster shot, while Moderna said it expects people to need a third shot by this winter.
Moderna says everyone will likely need booster shots before this winter https://t.co/HYKpIiHQ3v pic.twitter.com/PanTQboDIT
— The Hill (@thehill) August 7, 2021
This all comes as reports on Saturday said some Americans are lying to clinics and getting a third vaccine dose even though it has not yet been approved. “We are just starting to get data on [people who were able to get a third shot],” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. “We are trying hard to encourage people to report on the safety side if people have taken the initiative to get their third shot…again, not yet recommended.”
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