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Gottlieb says he expects CDC will consider 'fully vaccinated' as including boosters

The Hill logo The Hill 11/21/2021 Caroline Vakil
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Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday that he expects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider Americans "fully vaccinated" when they receive a booster shot, adding that recommendations to change it would likely not happen this year.

"Should the CDC say you need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated?" "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan asked Gottlieb on CBS.

"I think at some point they're going to, but not this year," Gottlieb answered.

"I think eventually this will be considered the three-dose vaccine, but I would be hard pressed to believe CDC is going to make that recommendation any time soon, in part because of this debate about whether or not younger people who are less risk should be receiving that third dose in states where governors are looking to do this, and I think some local communities will do it," he added.


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Gottlieb was also asked about CDC saying last week that all American adults could get a booster shot while specifically recommending that people over the age of 50 get their boosters.

"I think the reluctant nature by which CDC has been stepping into this debate reflects a broader ambivalence or a broader debate happening in a public health community about whether the vaccines should be used as tools to protect people from bad outcomes from COVID, or whether they should be used as tools to try to end the pandemic and control transmission," Gottlieb said.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky late last week signed off on a recommendation from a CDC advisory panel to broaden eligibility of the COVID-19 booster to all American adults.

The advisory panel had also recommended that those over the age of 50 should get their booster shot.

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