Americans who are not eligible for a COVID-19 booster get it anyway

  • Americans who are not eligible for a booster shot get it without proof of eligibility.
  • Pharmacies and doctors do not ask questions, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • President Joe Biden said Friday that about 60 million Americans are eligible for a booster shot.

Americans who are not eligible for a covid-19 booster shot get it without showing proof of eligibility at pharmacies and doctors’ offices, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Patients seeking a booster shot told the Journal that pharmacies were not looking for a confirmation of whether they were qualified, or without being asked questions from either the pharmacy or the online scheduling tools.

Debbie Hirsch, a 67-year-old retired teacher, told the Journal she was given a third Moderna shot at a CVS in New York by a pharmacist who did not ask her questions about eligibility.

She identified herself as the immune compromiser on the CVS website when she signed up, even though she does not actually qualify, the report said.

Lauch Hines, a 75-year-old retirement counselor in South Carolina, claimed that local pharmacies said they should just show up with his vaccine card, the Journal reported. And Michele Cozadd, a 46-year-old former technologist from Ohio, told the Journal that she got her booster shot without question from her pharmacist.

She said the planning app did not ask her if she was in danger or had a pre-existing condition, the report said.

“Some of the demands we see on boosters are the shadow of policies we’ve had before that did not diminish the spread of Covid,” Neil Sehgal, a professor of health policy at the University of Maryland, told the Journal. “Thousands of people are still dying every day.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” he added.

Despite more than a month of messy debate about boosters, most adults in the United States who received the Pfizer vaccine are eligible for an extra shot, Insider reported earlier.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended the booster shot to qualifying groups.

But only those with selected medical conditions such as immunodeficiency or a recent organ transplant can get a boost from the Moderna shot.

President Joe Biden said Friday that about 60 million Americans are eligible for a booster shot, or they will be soon.

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