Who Will Vote on Booster-Shot Policy for the C.D.C.?

A 15-member committee of doctors and other experts, including a consumer representative, recommended third shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to many Americans, including older people and those with medical conditions.

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Here is who voted on which booster-shot policies the C.D.C. should adopt.

A health worker in Miami prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Credit…Saul Martinez for The New York Times

Sept. 23, 2021Updated 5:47 p.m. ET

A committee of scientific advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Thursday to recommend booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to many Americans, including older people and those with certain underlying medical conditions, but excluded those at risk because of their jobs. The panel debated a number of thorny questions before reaching a decision that will shape the federal government’s guidance.

But who exactly are those experts on the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices?

According to the agency, the committee includes 15 voting members who are responsible for making recommendations on all kinds of vaccines. Their recommendations are not binding, but are very likely to influence who gets the booster shots in practice. Members are selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services after a lengthy nomination process.

Fourteen members are medical practitioners and scientists with expertise in fields like vaccinology, immunology, pediatrics and public health. The 15th is a consumer representative who provides perspectives on the social and community aspects of vaccination.

Dr. Grace M. Lee is the chair of the committee. She is associate chief medical officer at the Stanford Children’s Health system, and a professor of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Here are the other voting members:

Dr. Kevin A. Ault is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist.

Lynn Bahta, a registered nurse and public health expert, is the immunization program consultant for the Minnesota Department of Health.

Dr. Beth P. Bell is a clinical professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where she leads efforts to improve work in the areas of pandemic preparedness and global health security.

Dr. Oliver Brooks is the chief medical officer at Watts Healthcare Corp. in Los Angeles, and served as co-chair of the California working group that oversaw Covid-19 vaccine allocation in the state.

Dr. Wilbur H. Chen is a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the university’s travel medicine practice.

Dr. Sybil Cineas is an internal medicine and pediatric expert and the associate program director for the Brown Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program in Providence, R.I.

Dr. Matthew Daley is a practicing pediatrician and a vaccine safety investigator at the Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, in Aurora, Colo. He is also an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. Camille N. Kotton is an infectious disease clinician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. James Loehr is a practicing family physician in Rochester and Ithaca, N.Y.

Dr. Sarah S. Long is a professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine, and a practicing physician in Philadelphia specializing in infectious diseases in children.

Veronica V. McNally is the chief executive officer of the Franny Strong Foundation in East Lansing, Mich., which promotes vaccinations and education about vaccines. The foundation is named for her daughter, who died of whooping cough.

Dr. Katherine A. Poehling is a professor of pediatrics and of epidemiology and prevention at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Dr. Pablo J. Sanchez is a professor of pediatrics with expertise in neonatal and perinatal infections at The Ohio State University — Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot is an internist and infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University.

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