Hunting for Covid Vaccine Recalls Creates Health System Headaches – .

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Hunting for Covid Vaccine Recalls Creates Health System Headaches – .


WASHINGTON – The entire U.S. healthcare system has focused on getting Covid-19 vaccines in the guns, but as the Delta variant spreads, the country’s decentralized vaccination campaign presents a different challenge – how to monitor people seeking unauthorized booster vaccines.
The buzz around booster shots for Covid-19 vaccines has intensified in recent weeks as Pfizer sought approval for a third injection of its vaccination schedule, and Israel, the UK and Germany have gave the green light to additional injections. Federal officials in the United States say booster injections are not yet needed. But some anxious patients still try to get them, either by asking a healthcare professional willing to give them an additional injection or by lying about their previous vaccination.

It is up to hospital systems to develop prescribing policies, vaccination sites to check people’s vaccination records, and insurers to decide whether they will cover vaccines outside of Food and Drug Administration clearance.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is just starting to track data on unauthorized booster injections, Director Rochelle Walensky said on Monday. She said the government can discern the difference between the second and third injection and encourages people to report safety results if they receive reminders, although they are not recommended.

“We have the capacity and are looking at this data right now,” Walensky said. The data is not yet public.

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