SOMERVILLE (CBS) – Public health officials worry that the vaccine’s effectiveness will fade over time, and they believe a third dose will provide continued protection against COVID-19. Just hours after the FDA approved Pfizer booster injections for 16- and 17-year-olds, the CDC also signed on.
“This is the first time that the FDA and CDC have made a decision on the same day, so they are accelerating the process,” said Dr. John Foster of the New Medical Center.
Dr. Shira Doron of Tufts Medical Center explains: “I think all the evidence points to the possibility that an fortifier with the original formulation, which is available today, would provide good protection against omicrons.
However, it may take some time to get an additional appointment. In Somerville, at least one COVID vaccine clinic stopped welcoming visitors and switched to an appointment-only facility due to demand.
One woman at the clinic said: “After this whole omicron thing, I felt like I was going to get a booster shot. “Going to see my parents in California so I wanted to make sure everyone was safe.”
Dr Foster said, “I think getting the boosters out there is very important right now so any incremental additions we can make are really important as we get through the holidays. and the increase is happening right now.”
Federal health officials have only approved Pfizer for 16- and 17-year-olds who received a second shot at least six months ago.
A pop-up vaccine clinic held at Boston City Hall on Thursday gave people the chance to get vaccinated sooner rather than later.
One woman said: “I looked at a few pharmacies but they were very far in advance and this brought me in earlier.
The city will host a large capacity vaccine clinic at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury on Saturday.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu also had a third shot.
“We’re working on the watch right now, as we’ve seen new variations and a spike is coming into winter,” Wu said.
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/10/somerville-covid-booster-pfizer-16-17-year-olds-appointments/ Demand for COVID vaccine boosters grows as 16- and 17-year-olds become eligible – CBS Boston