CDC Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The CDC published a media statement this morning that outlines the amended Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Late last night, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky restored the recommendation that ACIP voted down yesterday: “People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.” This is consistent with the FDA regulatory recommendations made on Wednesday.

Now, to my understanding, at least in Iowa, according to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC) and others, it’s up to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to green-light the booster rollouts locally.

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