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CDC expands eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to all adults 

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Atlanta (Georgia, US), Nov 20 (MNN) The CDC has given its nod to expanded recommendations for booster shots to include all adults aged 18 and older who have received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months after their second dose.

The nod was given by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle P Walensky by endorsing CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorisation and CDC’s recommendation for use are critical next steps forward in the US booster programme to help provide increased protection against COVID-19 disease and death, the CDC said.

The CDC said it continues to encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families, loved ones and communities.

“We also strongly encourage those who were already eligible ­– older populations and individuals with underlying medical conditions ­– to get boosted before the holidays.”

Dr Walensky said: “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. Booster shots have demonstrated the ability to safely increase people’s protection against infection and severe outcomes and are an important public health tool to strengthen our defences against the virus as we enter the winter holidays. Based on the compelling evidence, all adults over 18 should now have equitable access to a COVID-19 booster dose.”

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