CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for all adults
- CDC endorsed booster doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines for all adults 6 months after the 2nd dose
- Earlier, Americans faced a complicated list of people eligible for COVID-19 booster doses
- Studies have shown that immunity against COVID-19 provided by vaccines begins to subside
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday recommended booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for all adults. The endorsement came hours after CDC vaccine advisers voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines six months after adults have completed their first two doses.
The latest recommendations simplify what were previously a complicated set of instructions for booster doses.
Earlier on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 booster doses for everyone aged 18 and above, CNN reported.
“CDC 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,” a statement from the CDC read.
“We also strongly encourage those who were already eligible - older populations and individuals with underlying medical conditions - to get boosted before the holidays.”
Earlier, booster doses were only recommended for people aged 65 and above who have completed their Pfizer or Moderna vaccination at least six months ago, as well as certain adults at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Friday’s announcement make the guidelines simpler, recommending all adults to get booster doses six months after their second shot.
Studies have shown that immunity against COVID-19 provided by vaccines begins to subside and protection against milder and asymptomatic disease, in particular, may drop. Booster doses help restore that immunity, studies have shown.
“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,” CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
“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 defenses 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.”