According to people familiar, federal regulators may grant requests for Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna boosters to all adults as early this week.
The Gov. Charlie Baker announced that all Massachusetts residents ages 18 and older could get a booster, if they met the federal timing rules: six months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months past getting the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Federal regulators have not approved boosters for certain populations, but some states have used a variety to expand access, including the increased risk posed by holiday gatherings, and the pervasive spread.
Governor. Ned Lamont encouraged all adults who are vaccinated to get boosters provided they met timing requirements.
“C.D.C. speaks Latin, I can’t figure out who’s eligible, who’s not eligible,” said Mr. Lamont at a news conference on Thursday, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If you smoked while you were in high school back in the 1970s, you’re eligible. I think if you haven’t been vaccinated in more than six months, now’s the time to get the booster. Self report, you’re at risk or public facing, you’re out there, get the booster.”
The moves came as Kansas and Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, and New York City followed several other states in expanding access to boosters.
The director of Rhode Island’s department of health, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, announced on Tuesday that all adults could get a booster if they were past the federal timing rules. “Winter’s coming, our cases have gone up and everyone 18 and older is at higher risk of exposure. And so we want the message to go out that you can go ahead and get your booster shots,” she said at a news conference.
On Thursday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the administration would “wait for the process to proceed” at the federal level. She encouraged those who are already eligible under federal categories to apply for a booster to provide additional protection in the lead up to the holiday season, when people might be traveling more or gathering inside due to colder weather.
Federal regulators have determined that people who have had two doses of the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccinations and who meet certain timing requirements, are 65 years old or adults who are at high risk due to their job, medical conditions or living environment, are eligible for boosters. Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson shot can already get a booster two months after the first shot. You can choose from any one of the three vaccine brands to be a booster for eligible people.
Source: NY Times