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  • The U.S. could change the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated in the future with the increasing availability of COVID-19 boosters.
  • Full vaccination status is currently given to those who have received both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson jab.
  • Data shows that 57.2 percent of the total U.S. population is fully vaccinated.

The U.S. could change the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated in the future with the increasing availability of COVID-19 boosters, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday. 

"We have not yet changed the definition of 'fully vaccinated.' We will continue to look at this. We may need to update our definition of 'fully vaccinated' in the future," CDC director Rochelle Walensky told reporters.

"If you're eligible for a booster, go ahead and get your booster and we will continue to follow," she said.

Full vaccination status is given to those who have received both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson jab. 

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White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients noted that more than 70 million people are eligible to receive booster shots, adding that “more than 120 million Americans will become eligible for a booster in the coming months.”

“This includes over 60 million vaccinated with Moderna and J&J, on top of the 60 million vaccinated with Pfizer,” Zients said. 

CDC data shows that 66.2 percent of the total U.S. population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 57.2 percent are fully vaccinated. Around 6 percent have taken a booster dose. 


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Published on Oct 22, 2021