COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Update

On Sept. 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for recipients of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at least six months following their shot. The CDC recommendations open a third booster shot to individuals age 65 and older, adults at risk of serious illness due to underlying conditions, and adults at higher risk due to their job or institutional setting.   

In the weeks and months ahead, FDA and CDC are expected to act on vaccination of 5-11 year olds and consider Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine boosters. 

Since the launch of the vaccination campaign, PCC has called for greater recognition and support for primary care’s fundamental role in expanding vaccination and increasing vaccine acceptance. PCC has continued to engage with the administration, including both administrative agencies and the Executive Office of the President. Most recently, PCC’s Medicare fee schedule comments urged CMS to increase vaccination and counseling reimbursement for COVID-19 and other diseases. 

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