October 1, 2021
COVID-19 Booster Shot Confusion
Last month has been a whirlwind for those trying to understand the federal government’s policy towards booster shots. Initially, President Biden announced during his September 9th address that vaccine booster shots would be coming soon. The White House was dealt a setback on September 17th when a government advisory panel rejected across-the-board booster shots; instead, they endorsed extra vaccine doses only for the elderly and those at high risk. The back-and-forth came to a head on September 24th, when the CDC director partially overruled the advisory panel and added that individuals at risk of infection because of their jobs should also be eligible. As of now, COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be available six months after the completion of the initial vaccination for Americans over the age of 65, people in nursing homes, people with underlying medical conditions and people with jobs that put them at high risk of infection.