Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and a top public health expert, said Sunday he’s unsure there will be a recommendation for COVID-19 boosters for everyone, including children.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Collins noted the Food and Drug Administration has yet to weigh in on whether boosters should be given to those under 65.
“I’m not sure about absolutely everyone,” he said. “We will have to see what they say ultimately about the youngest individuals because of concerns about benefits and risks, but I will be surprised if boosters are not recommended for people under 65 going forward in the next few weeks.”
“What you are seeing here is science playing out a very transparent way. This is how it ought to be,” he said.
According to Collins, the best way to protect children “is to have the people around them vaccinated.”
“To those 75 million unvaccinated people who still have not gotten their first dose…let’s not miss the chance one more time to say that’s the most important thing we should be doing about COVID-19 right now today,” he said of targeting unvaccinated adults to get the shot.
Collins also defended the process of approving and administering the COVID vaccination — and changes that occur along the way.
“I’m a little troubled that people are complaining the process isn’t working for them,” he said.
“The process is to look at the data, have the experts consider it and then make their best judgments. At that point recognizing that the judgments may change. If people want an absolutely authoritative statement about ‘here’s the right answer,’ well, that’s not what our country is all about. Move to China, you will get it there.”
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