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Teachers should be eligible for Covid booster shots, CDC head says

Overturning the recommendations of an advisory panel, the head of the Centers for Disease Control said Friday that teachers and other frontline workers should be eligible for Covid vaccine booster shots, according to the New York Times.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, rejected the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendation that booster shots be made available only to older people and those at high risk of suffering serious health impacts from Covid. Walensky added teachers, healthcare workers and others who are likely to be exposed to the virus at work, in line with the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration.

Offering booster shots to teachers, healthcare workers and other frontline workers will “best serve the nation’s public health needs,” Walensky said, according to the New York Times.

President Joe Biden is expected to release a plan for booster shots in the next few days.