The definition of fully vaccinated may be subject to change in the future now that the COVID-19 booster shots are out, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
“We have not yet changed the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’. We will continue to examine this. We may need to update our definition of “fully vaccinated” in the future, “CDC director Rochelle Walensky told reporters at a press conference.
Currently, being fully vaccinated in the United States means that an individual has either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
With the rollout of booster injections, this definition may change. So far, the CDC has recommended that certain groups of people like those who are 65 or older have one.
“If you are eligible for a recall, go ahead and get your recall and we will continue to monitor,” Walensky said at the press conference on Friday.
People who are at least 18 years old and work in high-risk settings or have underlying health conditions are also eligible to receive a booster at this time.
The Food and Drug Administration cleared booster shots for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines earlier this week. Individuals can mix and match the booster doses with their original COVID-19 vaccination, the FDA said.
At a press briefing on Friday, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said the booster will be available to more than 120 million Americans “in the coming months.”
“This includes over 60 million people vaccinated with Moderna and J&J, in addition to the 60 million people vaccinated with Pfizer,” he said.
Nearly 58% of the total United States population is currently fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. And about 6% of the total population received a booster dose, according to CDC data.
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