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U.S. to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots 8 months after second dose

The Biden administration is predicted later this week to recommend that almost all of Americans get a booster shot eight months after their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The boosters could be administered as soon as the vaccines are absolutely authorised by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicators off on them.

An administration official and two sources aware of the continuing discussions informed CBS News boosters might be really useful for people 8 months after being absolutely vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna shot. 

Federal well being officers are ready for extra information earlier than providing steerage for Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine recipients. 

Studies on the efficacy and security of blending completely different vaccines are nonetheless ongoing, so the preliminary planning is probably going for Americans to obtain a booster of the identical vaccine they have been administered for his or her first two doses. Officials count on {that a} booster will even be wanted for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Full FDA approval of the vaccines is predicted in mid- to late-September, in accordance to well being officers. 

The New York Times first reported the administration’s booster shot plans.

Last week, U.S. well being officers really useful boosters for some with weakened immune methods, similar to transplant recipients and sure most cancers sufferers.

World Health (*8*) chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus earlier in August requested international locations that have been additional alongside of their vaccination applications to maintain off on administering booster shots till September to enable time for at the very least 10% of the inhabitants of each nation to be vaccinated.

“I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it,” Tedros stated.

Haley Ott contributed reporting.