CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, today endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded recommendations for booster vaccinations, which include all adults aged 18 and over who have at least one Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccine received six months after the second dose.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and the CDC recommendation for use are important next steps in our country’s booster program – a program that will help provide better protection against COVID-19 disease and death.

CDC continues to encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to help protect themselves, their families, loved ones and communities. We also strongly recommend those who were already eligible for funding – older population groups and people with previous illnesses – to be topped up before the holidays.

Anyone can find available vaccines in their area at and contact their local doctor or pharmacist if they have any questions about vaccines or booster vaccinations.

Dr. The following can be attributed to Walensky:

“Following a critical scientific assessment, today’s unanimous decision has carefully considered the current state of the pandemic, the latest data on vaccine effectiveness over time, and a review of the safety data of those who have already received a COVID-19 primary and booster vaccination series takes into account proven ability to safely increase people’s protection from infection and serious consequences, and is an important public health tool in strengthening our defenses against the virus early on in the winter holidays. Based on the convincing evidence, all adults over 18 should now equal access to a COVID-19 booster dose. “


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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