CDC recommends booster shots for certain groups of people

Updated: Sep 25

Protesters held a rally Sept. 25, 2021 at the ITC intersection in Tamuning opposing the government of Guam's vaccine mandate. Photo by Mar-Vic Cagurangan

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is endorsing a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in certain populations, specifically those with underlying conditions and those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky issued the recommendation based on the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) advice.

She said ACIP only reviewed data for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Rochelle Walensky

"We will address, with the same sense of urgency, recommendations for the Moderna and J&J vaccines as soon as those data are available.

"As CDC director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact," Walensky said. " At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good."

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s guidance for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.