CDC advisory committee votes to broaden Covid-19 vaccine booster eligibility

An expert committee that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccines voted 11 to 0 on Friday to recommend Covid-19 booster shot eligibility be thrown open to all adults 18 and older.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommended that the CDC lower the age for adults who should be urged to get a booster, changing it from age 65 and older to age 50. These changes pertain to the messenger RNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna; people who received these vaccines can get a booster shot six months or more after receiving their second dose of vaccine. People who received the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine have already been cleared to receive a booster shot two months after their original jab.

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