Wallensky’s push for young workers to be eligible for boosters includes teachers and frontline medical workers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed course booster shot Guidance for Americans is raising questions about whether the Biden administration is following the science.
CDC Director Rochelle Valensky broke with her vaccine advisory panel late Thursday to support young at-risk people returning to work to get the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot – a rare move that would go against the panel’s recommendation. Is.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice Panel voted that younger workers do not get the booster and that it is only given to Americans over 65 and people over 50 with underlying medical conditions.
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The move illustrates the ongoing discord between higher-ups of the Biden administration, such as Valensky, and the advisory panel that recommends action based on available scientific data.
The CDC did not respond to Granthshala News’ question about how rejecting the advisory panel’s science-based recommendations is in line with the CDC and the Biden administration’s commitments to “follow the science.”
Valensky previously said in a statement that it was his “job” as CDC director “to identify where our actions can have the greatest impact.”
“At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often incomplete data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health,” Valensky said. “In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take action that we anticipate will lead to the greatest good.”
Teachers and frontline medical workers are in the youth group Valensky is pushing for COVID booster jab eligibility.
CDC employees were unaware of the policy change until minutes before Valensky’s statement on the issue was released.
According to The Times, Dr. Amanda Cohn, who oversaw the panel, wrote, “I look forward to sharing this news with you before I see it in the press.”
Granthshala News’ Brie Stimson contributed reporting.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Granthshala News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.