Americans Are Getting Covid-19 Boosters—No Questions Asked

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People say they are getting third vaccines by certifying that they meet the latest requirements

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Patients receiving an initial dose of Moderna Vaccines Inc.

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And Johnson & Johnson is not eligible yet. A booster regimen is expected to be approved for those patients in the coming months. The FDA amended its emergency-use authorization in August, however, to allow a third Moderna dose for immunocompromised people.

Debbie Hirsch, a 67-year-old retired special-education teacher who initially received Moderna Vaccine, was not going to wait; She made an appointment at her local CVS Health on Monday Corporation

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A nurse at the pharmacy in Poughkeepsie, NY, gave her the third Moderna shot, no questions asked, she said.

Ms Hirsch, whose husband is recovering from heart surgery, said she checked a box on the CVS website certifying that he had a weakened immune system, even though he did not qualify. The FDA guidelines for patients receiving the third Moderna jab include patients who take medications to suppress their immune systems and cancer patients currently undergoing treatment.

Ms. Hirsch said, “I thought I got into that category where you’re over 65, and your immunity starts to drop, even though I’m not on chemotherapy or anything like that.”

CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis said the chain is only administering the third Modern dose to eligible immunocompromised people, but said it is following CDC’s guidance to allow patients to self-test their eligibility without the need for documents of proof. be allowed to authenticate.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said Monday that all adult residents of the state who have been vaccinated for at least six months should get a booster. “If you are 18 or older, you will qualify in some way,” the government justice said. “I would really highly encourage you to run to fire again and get that booster shot.”

A spokesman for the governor said he was encouraging all eligible West Virginians to seek boosters, adding that the CDC’s guidance, “explained broadly, centers around all healthcare workers, retail workers and others.” Allows anyone who works to qualify.”

Jeff Gents, the White House Covid-19 coordinator, said at a media briefing on Tuesday that more than 400,000 people received a Covid-19 vaccine booster at US pharmacies over the past weekend. About 1 million people have scheduled appointments to get their booster shots, Mr Ziants said.

Valencia Jennings is 27 years old and works in the human-resources department of a hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He says he has no underlying medical condition, but he received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in December 2020 earlier than most people, because he is technically a health worker.

“I interact with a lot of people on a daily basis, and I don’t know about anyone’s vaccination status,” she said. She received a Pfizer booster from a hospital clinic on Monday.

Other patients said the pharmacies were not asking for confirmation of eligibility beyond their online scheduling tool. Loch Hines, a retirement consultant in Campobello, S.C., received her Pfizer booster Monday after calling local pharmacies.

“They just said, ‘Come down and get your vaccine card,'” said Mr Hines, who is 75.

Michelle Kozad, a former supply-chain information technologist from Columbus, Ohio, who lives on disability due to a brain aneurysm three years ago, said she received a booster without question from her pharmacist this week.

“Even on the scheduling app it didn’t ask me if I already had a disease or had a high risk factor,” said Ms Kozad, 46.

Neil Sehgal, a professor of health policy at the University of Maryland, said people who feel they are at high risk of severe COVID-19 will do whatever they can to get a booster shot, including skirting eligibility requirements. Are included.

“Some of the demand we are seeing for boosters is a shadow of the policies we have put in place earlier which have failed to reduce the spread of COVID,” Mr. Sehgal said. “Thousands of people are still dying every day. We haven’t come out of the woods yet.”

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