(WLAX/WEUX) – The White House says it’s ready for the demand in doses once kids are approved for a covid-19 vaccine.
This, as employers work to figure out how to navigate the administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses, which comes due in just over a month.
With the approval of boosters for all three COVID vaccines, federal health officials hope giving Americans the option to “mix and match” allowing them to take any booster they want, will encourage more people to get them.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky said, “When you boost a J&J vaccine with a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you get a really good antibody response.”
Millions of Americans face upcoming deadlines to show proof of vaccination or risk losing their jobs.
The CDC says there are currently no plans to include booster shots in those requirements.
Walensky says: “Pfizer or Moderna, after you’ve received two doses, you are considered fully vaccinated and after J&J, a single dose, you are considered fully vaccinated.”
Businesses report about nine out of ten workers are complying with mandates, but even with holdouts being the minority, critics say the white house’s December 8th deadline puts employers in a tough spot.
“Tens of thousands of people across the American economy are, are going to lose their jobs just weeks before Christmas. If the president doesn’t amend the executive order, Joe Biden may end up being the grinch who stole Christmas.”
Children ages 5 to 11 are still awaiting vaccine approval.
A panel will meet Tuesday to advise the FDA on whether to approve the Pfizer shot for them after researchers found it was more than 90 percent effective at preventing kids from getting seriously sick.
Around 28 million kids are included in that age group.
The White House says it’s prepared to roll out 15 million doses within hours of approval. In New York, Molly Line, Fox news.