Which states have opened COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all?
With COVID-19 infection rates steadily increasing across the country, a growing list of states are now moving ahead of federal authorization, to recommend booster shots for all residents 18 years or older, six months after receiving their second COVID vaccine dose.
Last week, Pfizer formally asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow all Americans over the age of 18 to be eligible for booster shots. However, leaders from nine states — Arkansas, California, Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia have moved to formally and informally endorse the expansion of booster shots to all adult residents who are at least six months out of their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
At this time, booster shots are recommended by federal agencies for anyone over the age of 18 who has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer recipients are encouraged to get a booster shot six months after receiving their second dose if they are over the age of 65 and have an underlying medical condition or are at high risk for exposure.
A government official confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that the FDA may issue guidance as soon as this week, on Pfizer and Moderna booster shots for Americans 18 and older.
With winter holidays just weeks away, and millions of Americans expected to travel and gather with family members, some officials say the expansion of boosters is now more critical than ever.
In September, vaccine experts advising the federal government rejected President Joe Biden’s plan to roll out boosters for all Americans. Dr. Anthony Fauci, hinted earlier this month that boosters for all adults may be inevitable.
Other health experts have continued to voice concerns over the expansion of boosters to all adults suggesting that the most critical move will still be to vaccinate those who have yet to receive a COVID-19 shot.
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