Pfizer Boosters OK’d for Teachers and Other Essential Workers
Teachers who received a COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer at least six months ago will be eligible for a booster shot following some initial uncertainty.
A CDC panel had rejected a proposal to expand booster eligibility to those with high on-the-job exposure risk like teachers and healthcare workers. However, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has opted not to follow that advice and instead expand eligibility to essential workers.
“As CDC director, it’s my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact,” she said Friday. “In a pandemic, we most often take steps with the intention to do the greatest good, even in an uncertain environment. And that is what I’m doing with these recommendations.”
She added that many essential workers and those in congregate settings come from hard-hit communities.
“Withholding access for boosters from these people and communities would only worsen the inequities that I have committed to fight against.”
Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach already began administering boosters to eligible residents Friday.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.