Biden administration health officials must recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters shots for all Americans, despite age, eight months after receiving the secondary shot, a source familiar with the plans approved to USA TODAY.
The news, which will be published as soon as this week, comes as the delta variant rages over the country. It also arrives amid anxieties about the Pfizer vaccine’s waning immunity and the Food and Drug Administration’s endorsement of vaccine boosters for immunocompromised people.
The official spoke to USA TODAY in the situation of anonymity because the person was not allowed to speak publicly.
Booster shots will start as early as mid-to-late September once the FDA formally supports vaccines. The action is required for the Pfizer shot in the coming weeks. As long as any vaccines are allotted under an Emergency Use Authorization, no one but the FDA can recommend boosters.
Pfizer Monday also declared that they had submitted preliminary data to the FDA that their booster vaccine “elicits antibody levels that significantly exceed those seen after the two-dose” regimen, said Albert Bourla, Pfizer’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said in a news release.
New York, the nation’s first major city to claim at least partial vaccination for indoor liveliness such as dining and using gyms, will begin to require proof Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday expanded the list of public venues with the condition.
The initial four days of school in Nashville, Tennessee, yielded more than 250 cases of COVID-19 — 207 of them between students — overcoming more than 1,000 students and staff to quarantine. Metro Nashville Public Schools, which has higher than 80,000 students, started classes Tuesday.
CVS and Walgreens pharmacies started administering the newly approved third coronavirus vaccine shot to individuals with immunocompromising requirements. People who completed their first two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines at least 28 days ago and have a qualifying circumstance can schedule their booster shots.
Virus, politics disrupt the start of the school year across the US
Public health, politics, and education made for an uneasy mix in Monday’s many parts of the country. Hundreds of thousands of K-12 students returned to school amid a significant surge in coronavirus infections.
Chaos reigned in several Texas school communities after the country Supreme Court stopped mask mandates in two of the biggest districts before Dallas’s first day of school. An Arizona judge confirmed, at least temporarily, a mask mandate in a Phoenix district, notwithstanding a new state law banning such requirements. One Colorado county posted sheriff’s deputies in schools on the first day of classes as anticipation after parents protested a last-minute mask mandate.