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CDC likely to require COVID booster to be ‘fully vaccinated’: Gottlieb

  • Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the CDC may eventually consider a person “fully vaccinated” against the coronavirus if they have received a booster vaccine dose.
  • But the change is unlikely to happen this year because of the ongoing discussions about booster doses, he said.
  • The FDA last week issued an emergency authorization for booster shots to all adults six months after their last vaccine dose.

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Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said on Sunday that U.S. officials could eventually consider people “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 only if they received their additional booster dose of the vaccine.

“I think they will at some point, but not this year. I think eventually this will be considered the three-dose vaccine, but I would find it hard to believe that CDC will make that recommendation any time soon, partly because of this debate about whether or not younger people at lower risk should get that third dose,” Gottlieb said during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday the federal government’s definition of fully vaccinated is not changing at this time.

That means that people who received two doses of the mRNA Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are still considered fully vaccinated, as are individuals who received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Fauci said health officials were monitoring people getting booster shots to see what the “durability of that protection” is.

As Insider previously reported, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week expanded its emergency booster shot eligibility authorization, making all adults eligible to receive them after previously allowing them for older and at-risk populations.

Some state leaders have suggested that their definition of fully vaccinated has changed, requiring the booster dose now.

“I think in cases where entities are going to mandate three doses for people six months away from the second dose, they’re doing it because they’re using the vaccine as a way to control transmission and try to end this pandemic,” Gottlieb said. Sunday.

“And you know, there are people on the public health committee who don’t think that’s an inappropriate way to use the vaccine. But this is a debate that’s going on in the public health community right now. And the kind of stuttering approach of CDC about how they have boosters embraced reflects that debate,” he added.

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