CDC panel backs Pfizer booster dose for people ages 65 and older
(Sept 24): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adopted the use of booster shots in the US for people at high risk of contracting or falling seriously ill from Covid-19, overruling a narrower recommendation from the agency’s advisers and clearing the way for a widespread vaccination campaign.
Millions of Americans who were immunized with the Pfizer Inc-BioNTech SE vaccine at least six months ago should receive a booster dose, including those aged 65 or older, those in long-term health care facilities and those aged 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions, the agency said in a statement. People aged 18 to 49 with medical conditions and those who are at high risk for being exposed to the virus at their workplaces or elsewhere may also receive a third dose.
The endorsement from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will allow shots to be given immedia