Monday, August 15, 2022

US CDC suggests additional Covid-19 boosters for high risk people

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 get another mRNA COVID-19 booster at least 4 months after receiving an initial booster dose.

The move will increase protection for these vulnerable groups against severe disease from COVID-19, Xinhua news agency quoted the CDC as saying.

The CDC’s move came right after the US Food and Drug Administration authorised a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for these people earlier on Tuesday.

Adults who had a main vaccination and a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now obtain a second booster dose using an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.

According to the CDC, during the latest Omicron spike, people who were boosted were 21 times less likely to die from COVID-19 than those who were not immunised and 7 times less likely to be hospitalised.

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