FDA panel rejects COVID vaccine booster for broad use – What does that mean for you?

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FILE – In this March 2, 2021, file photo, Hollie Maloney, a pharmacy technician, loads a syringe with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday, Sept. 17, to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, dealing a heavy blow to the Biden administration’s effort to shore up people’s protection amid the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Dr. Robert Murphy, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, joins Jon Hansen (filling-in for Steve Bertrand) on Chicago’s Afternoon News to explain why advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided to only allow emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people 65 and up and those at high risk of severe illness.

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