CDC Director Rochelle Walensky endorses ACIP’s updated COVID-19 vaccine recommendations

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(WFXR) — According to a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC is endorsing updated recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the prevention of COVID-19.

The recommendations express a clinical preference for individuals to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine over Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

ACIP’s decision to make the updated vaccine recommendations was unanimous, following a discussion of the latest evidence on vaccine effectiveness, vaccine safety and rare adverse events, and consideration of the U.S. vaccine supply.

According to the CDC, the U.S. supply of mRNA vaccines is abundant – with nearly 100 million doses in the field for immediate use.

We have made important strides in the year since the COVID-19 vaccination program started. More than 200 million Americans have completed their primary vaccine series, providing protection against COVID-19, preventing millions of cases and hospitalizations, and saving over a million lives. Today’s updated recommendation emphasizes CDC’s commitment to provide real-time scientific information to the American public. I continue to encourage all Americans to get vaccinated and boosted.

DR. ROCHELLE WALENSKY, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

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