Vaccine booster strongly urged by CDC official

December 07, 2021

The federal Centers for Disease Control director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, has endorsed expansion of COVID-19 booster vaccinations to include all adults who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or a Moderna vaccine.

The expansion, first announced Nov. 19, is for people who received their second dose at least six months ago.

In a Nov. 29 press release, Walensky noted the recent emergence of the virus’s Omicron variant, first identified in South Africa. Early data suggests that it is more easily transmitted than previous variants, she said. “I strongly encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to vaccinate the children and teens in their families as well because strong immunity will likely prevent serious illness.”

Anyone can find available vaccines at vaccines.gov and can consult their health care provider or local pharmacist if they have questions about vaccines or boosters.