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FDA authorizes Pfizer booster shot for some Americans

But this is not a done deal yet. The CDC has yet to weigh in on who it believes should get boosters and when. That decision could come as soon as Sep. 22.

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 7:44 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2021 7:44 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- The Food and Drug Administration has authorized Pfizer booster shots for some Americans.

The decision means anyone over 65 can get a booster if they were fully vaccinated at least six months ago with the Pfizer vaccine. The approval also applies to frontline workers with high-risk jobs and those at severe risk if they catch COVID-19.

But this is not a done deal yet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to weigh in on who it believes should get boosters and when. That decision could come as soon as Sep. 22.

Seniors at the Campbell Community Center told KEZI they cannot wait to get their booster.

Sharon Prindel, 81, said she went as soon as she could to get her first two shots. She's planning to do the same with the booster once health authorities give her the green light.

"I want to do whatever I can to do what I just said about protecting each other," Prindel said.

Alfred Wilkins agrees. He said it's his responsibility to get the third shot.

"Anything we can do to protect the rest of the community we should do. I'm 82 years old. I will get the shot for sure," Wilkins said.

Lane County Public health said if everything goes as expected, they are planning booster mass vaccination clinics for those who are eligible starting either late Tuesday or Wednesday.

After that, the clinics will run five days a week with about 16,000 shots administered every week.

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