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Covid Vaccine Boosters Will be here by Thanksgiving

According to new research, booster shots for the Covid vaccination could be on the way for all people in the United States. On Tuesday, Pfizer petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration to allow all Americans aged 18 and up to receive booster shots of its Covid-19 vaccine. According to the New York Times, the FDA could accept the request before Thanksgiving. According to the Times, Moderna is expected to file a similar request to the FDA “soon.” Before becoming official, any new batch of eligibility would need to be cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If the FDA and CDC approve Pfizer’s request, every fully vaccinated adult in the United States — more than 181 million people — will be eligible for booster shots. According to CDC data, about 25 million adults in the United States have had a Covid vaccination booster dose. However, an FDA advisory group ruled in September against approving boosters for those aged 16 and up. Experts indicated at the time that two doses of the mRNA Covid vaccinations were still enough to prevent young, healthy Americans from severe hospitalization and death.

But, as Christopher Mores, a global health expert at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, tells CNBC Make It, an explosion of new evidence indicates the benefits of ubiquitous boosters. Here’s why and whether or not receiving a booster shot is a good idea once you’re qualified. The initial rationale for giving out booster shots was straightforward:

Some persons required further protection to avoid hospitalizations and deaths, although most did not. They are getting Covid meant exceedingly little effects, or no symptoms at all, for the vast majority of adequately immunized people. Dr. Colleen Kelley, an associate professor of medicine in infectious diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, believes the calculus has shifted.

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