18 Aug Door County Daily News: Booster shot approval coming for fully vaccinated Americans
If you received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, odds are you’ll be eligible for a booster shot this fall. On Wednesday, the Biden administration released plans to start offering booster shots to Americans who received either of the two vaccines, eight months after they were fully vaccinated. Eligible Americans are supposed to be able to receive a third shot starting on September 20th, which is contingent on authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The authorization is expected to come within a few weeks, according to USA Today.
There will be a similar rollout plan to the COVID-19 vaccines. If you were among the first to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll likely be among the first eligible for a booster shot. Those with prioritized eligibility include health care providers, nursing home residents, and other seniors. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that the delta variant accounts for more than 98.8% of cases in the country. Officials say that the vaccines continue to be effective in reducing risk of hospitalization and death. The USA Today report also notes that more data is needed before authorizing a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster.