Health officials to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters at 8 months

U.S. health officials are expected to advise that most Americans get COVID-19 booster shots in the coming months.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2021, 10:43 AM

Updated 980 days ago

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U.S. health officials are expected to advise that most Americans get COVID-19 booster shots in the coming months.
This news reportedly came from top health officials in the Biden administration. On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech submitted initial data to the FDA in support of a booster shot. Sources say the recommendation would be that people would receive the booster shot eight months after getting the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This booster shot plan is just for those people that got the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Research is still underway for tadeonal shots after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to sources, starting in mid to late September, those that were the first ones to get the COVID-19 vaccines would be the first ones in the public to get the COVID-19 booster shots. Companies say the booster shot would give a higher antibody response against the virus including the worrisome delta variant. Even though numbers are small, they say it would reduce infection even more so in fully vaccinated individuals.
Meanwhile, starting today, New York City will be the first in the country to require vaccines for both customers and employees at indoor entertainment venues, restaurants and gyms. A picture or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card, the Excelsior app, and the NYC COVID Safe App will all be accepted as forms of proof. Enforcement of the mandate will not begin until Sept. 13. Once enforcement begins, New Yorkers could receive a $1,000 fine if they do not follow the mandate.
Some places proof of vaccination won't be required include are child care programs, public and non-public schools and programs and senior centers.


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