The director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Wallensky approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine booster shot late Thursday night for at-risk young workers, which is seen as a rare break from the agency’s advisory committee’s immunization committee.
The panel recommended a booster for underlying medical conditions for Americans 65 years of age and older and those over 50, but voted against the risk worker’s recommendation.
Walensky reiterated that it was consistent with the Food and Drug Administration’s booster approval earlier this week.
“As director of the CDC, it is my job to identify where our work can have the greatest impact,” Walensky said in a statement. “At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often incomplete data that make health-friendly recommendations.
The small risk group includes teachers and front-line medical staff.
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The panel proposed a booster option for 18 to 49 year olds who have chronic health problems and want one. But advisers refuse to go further and refuse to open boosters for otherwise healthy front-line healthcare workers who are not at risk of serious illness but want to avoid even mild infections.
The CDC and the panel did not immediately respond to Fox News e-mails.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.