Community members react to new FDA booster recommendation

Members of the 65 and older age group said they are eager to get another dose of the vaccine.

Posted: Sep 19, 2021 4:32 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2021 6:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore.- Community members in Eugene are weighing in on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's newest recommendation on the booster shot for the Pfizer vaccine. 

The Pfizer booster shot was recommended for the 65 years and older group and some immunocompromised, under emergency use authorization by the FDA on Friday, September 17th. 

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But there are still a few steps that need to happen before the dose is available to those eligible in Oregon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will review the FDA recommendation on September 22nd. Then, after the CDC makes a decision on the shot, the Western States Scientific Review Workgroup will meet on September 24th to consider these federal recommendations, wich will decide if the shots will be available here in Oregon, and in some other western states. 

The Oregon Health Authority said once Western States issues a recommendation, they will support implementation. 

Jerome Epperson, a resident at the Ya-Po-Ah Terrace Retirement community, told KEZI 9 News he is happy to get the shot when it is available to him.

"If you're scared then go get the shot. If you're not scared... But I recommend you go get the shot because that's what makes us keep going," said Epperson. 

OHA said booster doses are expected to be widely available at pharmacies, clinics and doctor's offices. 

Those 16 years and older have not been recommended for a third shot of the Pfizer vaccine just yet.

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Those in the general population said they are happy to wait, but are also eager to get their shots. 

Dalton Rasmussen said he hasn't done a lot of his own research on the third dose of the vaccine, but said he will follow local recommendations.

"If Eugene is pushing it, then I think it's definitely something that I would consider. We're both vaccinated, and there was no like resistence from either of to get vaccinated. And so yeah, it's definitely being considered right now," said Rasmussen. 

The FDA cited lack of data on safety and efficacy as the reason why the booster doses were not authorized for those 16 years and older. 

However, federal health officials said more data is being reviewed and should be coming out in the next few weeks, including information about booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

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