The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement that Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients will be eligible for booster shots means about 99 million Americans will be able to get third doses as early as Saturday.
A statement by CDC head Rochelle Walensky reiterates that all three U.S.-approved vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — are safe and effective options.
The announcement also raises questions: How do recipients choose which vaccine to get as a booster? Who is eligible? Will a third dose be required to be fully vaccinated?
Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital, joins host Tonya Mosley to discuss.
This segment aired on October 22, 2021.