CDC Recommends COVID-19 Boosters for All Adults
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- Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walenksy Friday endorsed the use of COVID-19 vaccine boosters for everyone 18 and older
- The recommendation comes hours after the CDC vaccine advisers voted unanimously to recommend booster shots of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines for all adults six months after their second doses
- Earlier Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized boosters of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for adults, expanding eligibility for boosters
- Previously, officials only authorized boosters for anyone 65 and older who had received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months prior and those with severe underlying diseases
- Recent studies have demonstrated that immunity from COVID-19 shots wanes and protection drops months after the second dose of the vaccines, with studies showing that booster doses restore that immunity