Moving closer to the final approval of a third booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday signed off on the targeted use of the extra shots.
The FDA authorizes the use of booster shots on Americans who are 65 and older, younger adults with underlying health conditions, and those in jobs that put them at high risk for COVID-19.
This being said, there still needs to be a final approval for the additional doses by the Centers for Disease Control, which held its own meeting on Wednesday to deliberate whether the booster shots were essential. In their first day of discussions, some experts were so perplexed by the questions surrounding the rationale for boosters that they suggested putting off a decision for a month in hopes of more evidence.
FDA acting commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement that the FDA authorization would allow for boosters in health care workers, teachers, grocery workers, and those in homeless shelters or prisons. “As we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, including the use of a booster dose, we will continue to evaluate the rapidly changing science and keep the public informed,” Woodcock said.