Sept. 29, 2021 -- More than 400,000 radical successful the U.S. person received COVID-19 booster shots astatine pharmacies since the 3rd dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was authorized past week, White House officials announced Tuesday.
Most of the shots were fixed implicit the weekend, and astir 1 cardinal radical person scheduled appointments to get a 3rd dose successful coming weeks.
“Our readying and mentation connected boosters person propelled a beardown start,” Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 effect coordinator, said during a quality briefing.
The CDC authorized booster shots of Pfizer’s vaccine connected Friday for radical implicit property 65, older adults surviving successful semipermanent attraction facilities, adults with definite wellness conditions, and workers who look precocious risks of contracting COVID-19 successful wellness attraction facilities and congregate settings. Those who are eligible for a 3rd changeable tin person 1 6 months aft their 2nd dose.
The Biden medication began rolling retired boosters arsenic soon arsenic the shots were authorized done established partnerships with states, semipermanent attraction facilities, pharmacies, and doctors. Massachusetts is contacting eligible radical via email and text, and New Jersey is opening 3 wide vaccination sites for booster shots, Zients said.
Overall, astir 3.4 cardinal Americans person received an other dose since wellness officials authorized 3rd shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines successful August for radical with anemic immune systems, according to CDC data.
“We volition proceed moving with our partners to execute truthful we tin efficiently and equitably supply the added extortion of booster shots to eligible Americans,” Zients said.
Most vaccinated Americans person received the Pfizer shot, CDC information shows. The FDA and CDC are expected to o.k. booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines erstwhile the companies taxable the due paperwork and data, which could hap this fall.
Zients said the Biden medication is besides focused connected expanding archetypal vaccinations among those who haven’t yet received one. On Wednesday, the U.S. volition deed a milestone of 200 cardinal adults with astatine slightest 1 shot.
About 75% of eligible radical successful the U.S. implicit property 12 person received astatine slightest 1 dose, and 65% are considered afloat vaccinated. About 94% of adults implicit property 65 person received astatine slightest 1 dose.
However, 70 cardinal eligible Americans haven’t received immoderate doses.
“Our apical precedence remains archetypal and 2nd shots,” Zients said.