CDC Recommends COVID-19 Boosters for All Adults
Everyone aged 18 and up are eligible for coronavirus booster shots as of Nov. 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Previously, most adults could receive boosters of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine six months after they completed their original two-shot series. Now, all adults can get that booster as well as the Moderna booster.
The CDC previously approved the Johnson & Johnson booster for adults within two months of the original shot.
The booster shots are especially critical as the country enters the winter holidays where people are likely to travel and gather in groups of people outside of their immediate households.
“After critical scientific evaluation, today’s unanimous decision carefully considered the current state of the pandemic, the latest vaccine effectiveness data over time, and review of safety data from people who have already received a COVID-19 primary vaccine series and booster,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in a press release. “Based on the compelling evidence, all adults over 18 should now have equitable access to a COVID-19 booster dose.”
The coronavirus vaccines were shown to be highly effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization. The boosters are the same formula as the original vaccine, although the Moderna vaccine booster is half the dose.