The J.&J. Conundrum

Thursday, September 16, 2021

During a podcast interview this summer, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the C.D.C., declined to discourage J.&J. recipients from seeking out a Moderna or Pfizer shot. She said there was not enough data to be sure about the benefits and risks. But when Andy Slavitt, the podcast host and a former Biden adviser, asked her whether she would describe it as a “huge mistake,” Walensky replied, “Not with what I’ve seen so far.”

From the head of a notoriously cautious agency, that was a remarkable and telling statement.

I’m considering getting a booster of Moderna or Pfizer this fall if I can.