Therapy Areas: Vaccines
US CDC allows all adults to get COVID-19 booster shots
30 November 2021 -

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday that everyone aged 18 years and older should get a booster shot, Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday.

This update comes after US President Joe Biden called for wider vaccination to curb the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, which was first detected in southern Africa. read more

Last week, US health regulators had expanded the eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to all adults aged 18 and older either six months after their initial Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) or Moderna (Nasdaq:MRNA) vaccine doses or two months after their Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) shot.

The CDC had, however, stopped short of saying all adults aged 18 to 49 should get the additional shots.

US CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky, said in a statement on Monday that the agency is taking a more cautious stance as Omicron's emergence further emphasises the importance of vaccination and boosters.

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