Nov 3, 2021 - Health

CDC: U.S. not considering changing definition of "fully vaccinated"

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is "not examining" changing its definition for what it means to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

Driving the news: Walensky had previously said the U.S. "may need to update" its definition after the approval of booster shots.

Be smart: The CDC's website says, "Fully vaccinated persons are those who are ≥14 days post-completion of the primary series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine."

What they're saying: "The definition of 'fully vaccinated' is one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and two doses of the either Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, and we're not examining changing that definition anytime at this point," Walensky said.

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