Published On: Sat, Sep 25th, 2021

CDC Not Changing Definition of ‘Fully Vaccinated’ for Now: Walensky

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said Friday that the definition of “fully vaccinated” won’t change when COVID-19 booster shots are rolled out—at least in the near future. Currently, the CDC and other federal health agencies have defined one as fully vaccinated if they receive two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, two doses of Moderna’s vaccine, or one Johnson & Johnson shot. In Israel, officials recently announced individuals who have not received a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine after six months will not be counted as fully vaccinated. It means they won’t be able to use the “green pass” vaccine passport that is utilized for restaurants, gyms, and other venues in Israel. When asked whether the CDC will change its definition, Walensky said that “we are not changing the definition right now of fully vaccinated.” As the agency gathers more “experience with our third shot …

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