CDC provides new recommendations on COVID-19 booster vaccines

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WASHINGTON, DC (WWLP)– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing new guidance on COVID-19 booster vaccines.

People who received the Pfizer-BioNTech primary series can now get a booster after 5 months. Originally, a 6 month wait was required. The booster interval recommendation for people who received the J&J vaccine (2 months) or the Moderna vaccine (6 months), has not changed.  

The CDC is also advising that moderately or severely immunocompromised 5–11-year-olds receive an additional primary dose of vaccine 28 days after their second shot. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children aged 5-11. 

Information on COVID-19 protocols, vaccines, and where to find a test anywhere in the United States can be found on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website.

“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to update our recommendations to ensure the best possible protection for the American people,” said CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “Following the FDA’s authorizations, today’s recommendations ensure people are able to get a boost of protection in the face of Omicron and increasing cases across the country and ensure that the most vulnerable children can get an additional dose to optimize protection against COVID-19. If you or your children are eligible for a third dose or a booster, please go out and get one as soon as you can.  Additionally, FDA took action this week to authorize boosters for 12-15-year-olds – and I look forward to ACIP meeting on Wednesday to discuss this issue.”

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