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US FDA recommends vax boosters for senior citizens

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States’ advisers voted in favor of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. In particular, they aim for it to be given to senior citizens in America. Other eligible parties comprise of people at critical risk for illnesses that are severe.

Additionally, they recommended healthcare workers and people likely to be highly exposed due to their occupation be included by the FDA as well. Teachers were a particular group that was named in this regard.


In response, White House spokesperson Kevin Muñoz said that it “was an important step in providing better protection to Americans from COVID-19.” Eligible Americans will be able to get their needed booster shots as soon as the process concludes in a few weeks.


The US FDA is not bound to the recommendation of the advisory panel. However, they will take it into consideration as they decide on the third round of vaccine doses.


University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Paul Offit is a member of the panel. The infectious disease expert found the recommendation to be “a step back” from the Biden administration’s recommendation. That version touted boosters on a wider scale starting Sept. 20.


Offit, who voted ‘no’ on the initial query about using boosters on a wider scale, voted ‘yes’ with regards to a modest offering of the vaccines for higher-risk individuals.


The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee previously declined to recommend a third Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as a third dose for people 16 and older. They would have to have had a second shot a minimum of six months prior.


Booster campaigns have already begun in countries such as Israel and the United Kingdom.


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