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COVID VACCINE UPDATE: Hochul says New York will change ‘fully vaccinated’ to mean boosted, but CDC panel puts J&J shot in question

Governor Kathy Hochul indicated on Thursday that becoming ‘fully vaccinated’ would include booster shots sooner than later.

Right now ‘fully vaccinated’ is considered having two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson.

“At some point, we have to determine that fully vaccinated means boosted as well,” Hochul said during her Thursday presser. “And we’ll give people a sufficient timeframe to make that happen.”

The Governor first brought up that issue on Tuesday, but provided more context. As more data is gathered the state is expected to make a decision.

When asked about whether metrics are in place to determine whether the mask-or-vaccinate policy will be lifted across New York- she pointed to the existing crisis the state is contending with.

“I’m just curious, has anyone heard what I’ve said today about the situation we’re in? This is a crisis, this is a health care crisis and people are going to die it is not hyperbole it is based on the facts that are in front of us right now,” she said.

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What COVID vaccine is best? CDC says Pfizer or Moderna, not Johnson & Johnson.

U.S. health officials said Thursday that a rare, but serious blood clotting issue was ultimately the issue that prompted them to give preference to Pfizer and Moderna over the J&J vaccine.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky accepted the panel’s decision. The move creates a challenge for elected officials, as the J&J vaccine has been treated as an equal, but now slides down the scale.

Will it continue to be offered by counties and state vaccination sites? That question remains to be answered.