CDC now says all fully vaccinated adults should get a COVID booster shot

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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Today, the CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older. The move comes after the continued spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

“Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine,” said CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

“The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, and scientists in the United States and around the world are urgently examining vaccine effectiveness related to this variant. I strongly encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to vaccinate the children and teens in their families as well because strong immunity will likely prevent serious illness. I also want to encourage people to get a COVID-19 test if they are sick. Increased testing will help us identify Omicron quickly.”

The CDC’s earlier recommendation advised Americans to get boosted if they are 50 and older — or 18 and older in a long term care facility. Before, the CDC said all adults “may” get a booster. Now, the wording is adults “should” receive the booster shot.

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