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COVID Booster Shots Are Here

Later this week the Biden administration is expected to recommend the majority of vaccinated Americans get a COVID booster shot, once the FDA gives full approval of the vaccines and the CDC signs off.

An administration official and two sources familiar with the ongoing discussions told CBS News boosters will be recommended for individuals 8 months after being fully vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna shot. Federal health officials are waiting for more data before offering guidance for Johnson&Johnson/Janssen vaccine recipients. Studies are ongoing to evaluate which shots individuals will receive.

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The administration official said at least initially it is likely people would get a booster from the same manufacturer they received earlier this year. So if someone received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in March, they’d be eligible for a Pfizer booster come November.

Full FDA approval of the vaccines is expected in mid to late September, according to health officials. The New York Times first reported the administration’s booster shot plans.


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