Connecticut governor says booster shots should be required to be considered 'fully vaccinated'

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to expand booster authorization within the coming days to all adults over 18 who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine over six months ago.

Updated: November 18, 2021 - 11:22pm

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Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut says he believes the definition of "fully vaccinated" needs to be changed to include only people who have received booster shots.

"In my view, if you were vaccinated more than six months ago, you're not fully vaccinated," Lamont, a Democrat, said to local news station WVIT.

"If you were vaccinated more than six months ago, now is the time and go get that booster," he added. "I urge you to get it now." 

Lamont isn't the first politician to express their support for this new definition. According to The Hill, New Mexico Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also said she believes to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you must have a booster shot.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to expand booster authorization within the coming days to all adults over 18 who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine over six months ago.

Although the FDA has not granted widespread approval of booster shots, some states have decided to push ahead of the federal government and make boosters available to anyone in their state. 

States who have expaned booster access include Colorado, California, New York, West Virginia, Arkansas, Minnesota, Maine, Kansas, Kentucky and New Mexico.

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