Fauci on FDA advisers' booster recommendations: 'I don't think they made a mistake'

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says it's recommended to get same vaccine for COVID-19 boosters The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Timken rolls out six-figure ad campaign, hits Fauci MORE said on Sunday that he thinks a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel made a "good recommendation" to give COVID-19 booster shots only to older and higher-risk Americans.

"I don't think they made a mistake," Fauci, who serves as President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE's chief medical adviser, said on CNN's "State of the Union."   

"They came up with a recommendation, which I think is a good recommendation," Fauci said. 

"I am 80, and I'm an elderly person, certainly eligible. I will certainly get a booster," he added. 

Fauci also weighed in on arguments from people who say vaccine mandates should not apply to them after they have already been infected with COVID-19. 

"It is true they do have protection. The one thing we are not aware of yet — and hopefully we'll get that data — is what the durability of protection is," he said.

Fauci added that people should not plan to get their booster shots prior to receiving government approval. 

Late last week, FDA advisers recommended that only select groups receive a booster shot. These recommendations include all vaccinated Americans above age 65.

President Biden earlier had announced plans to give boosters to every American eight months after their initial vaccinations.