Rochelle Walensky, CDC director (Greg Nash/Pool via AP Images)

CDC di­rec­tor over­rules ad­vi­sors on boost­ers, rec­om­mend­ing third shots for at-risk work­ers

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s at­tempt to roll out Covid-19 boost­er shots has been far from smooth sail­ing, and the CDC di­rec­tor added to the bumpi­ness ear­ly Fri­day morn­ing.

Di­rec­tor Rochelle Walen­sky re­versed a CDC ad­vi­so­ry pan­el’s rec­om­men­da­tion that boost­ers should not be ad­min­is­tered to adults at risk of oc­cu­pa­tion­al ex­po­sure, such as teach­ers and health care work­ers. The high­ly un­usu­al move came af­ter the CDC’s Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mit­tee on Im­mu­niza­tion Prac­tices rec­om­mend­ed Pfiz­er/BioN­Tech boost­er shots for those old­er than 65 and younger, high-risk adults, but vot­ed 9-6 against al­low­ing the shots for at-risk jobs.

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