For now, “fully vaccinated” means either two doses of an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, but that may change based on recommendations for additional doses, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday.
Responding to a question on whether requirements for federal workers and contractors to be fully vaccinated will include a booster dose, Walensky said that the question will be asked of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
“Currently, fully vaccinated is two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of J&J. I anticipate over time that may be updated, but we will leave that to our advisers...to give us some recommendations,” she said in a White House Covid-19 Response Team briefing.
US health officials have previously announced a plan to begin to offer booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines the week of Sept. 20. The US Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisers are planning to meet Sept. 17 to discuss Pfizer/BioNTech’s application for approval of boosters of its coronavirus vaccine. Moderna has also submitted data to the FDA for approval of booster doses.