CDC advisers to discuss COVID booster shots for those with weakened immune systems

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer of the White House COVID Response Team, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky confer before a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on April 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on "The role of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Research Addressing COVID-19." (Photo by Amr Alfiky-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer of the White House COVID Response Team, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky confer before a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on April 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on "The role of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Research Addressing COVID-19." (Photo by Amr Alfiky-Pool/Getty Images)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer of the White House COVID Response Team, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky confer before a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on April 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Amr Alfiky-Pool/Getty Images)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisers said they are considering recommending a booster shot to increase protection for those with compromised immune systems. On Thursday, reports said the advisers would consider data showing an additional vaccine dose in those with weaker immune systems enhances the antibody response.

The data reportedly shows immunocompromised people are less likely to have the antibodies to fight COVID-19. Additionally, immunosuppressed individuals, such as those with cancer or HIV, represent less than three percent of the population. However, they make up 44 percent of hospitalized COVID cases.

“The CDC and the FDA said that based on the data that we know right now, we don’t need a boost,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci last week. “That doesn’t mean that won’t change. We might need, as a matter of fact, at some time to give boosters either across the board or to certain select groups, such as the elderly or those with underlying conditions.”

In the meantime, the advisers are not scheduled to vote on a recommendation for additional doses at this time.

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