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COVID-19 Boosters Were Supposed To Rollout Today – What Happened?

How effective exactly are COVID-19 booster shots? Who should be getting them, and when? And what does the latest recommendation from an FDA panel really mean? Medical experts discuss.

FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. A key government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected Biden’s plan to give COVID-19 booster shots across the board and instead recommended the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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It started with the concept of boosters shots gaining traction from the head of Pfizer.

Then, many in the medical and science communities joined in.

Next, President Biden set a date to begin deploying them — and that day was supposed to be today.

But, at the end of last week, an FDA panel recommended against boosters for most Americans, with a few exceptions.

And that’s still not the end. This week, the issue goes before the CDC for review.

But one thing is for sure: science evolves.

As more data becomes available and more research is done, our understanding of the issue should evolve too.

Today, we take a closer look at the latest guidance on boosters and what happens next, plus we explore developments in vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, for which Pfizer plans to seek emergency authorization soon.

Guests:

Dr. Flor Munoz

  • Associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Infectious disease specialist at Texas Children's Hospital
  • Principal investigator of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine trial at Baylor and Texas Children's

Dr. Alan Barrett

  • Director of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences
  • Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology UTMB-Galveston

Dr. Katelyn Jetelina

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