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A woman receives a booster shot at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Las Vegas on Dec. 21.

The CDC now recommends Pfizer boosters after 5 months, down from 6

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — People who were initially immunized with two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should receive a booster shot after five months, rather than six, according to a new recommendation from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The move comes after the Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized the… Read More

A nurse practitioner fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

FDA authorizes a Pfizer booster shot for children ages 12 to 15

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Updated January 3, 2022 at 10:41 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a Pfizer-BioNTech booster in adolescents 12 to 15 years old. The agency on Monday also shortened the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines for third doses at a senior living facility in Worcester, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.

COVID boosters and what you need to know before holiday gatherings

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Starting this weekend, COVID-19 boosters will now be available for any of the three federally approved vaccines. At least 10 states had already made this change as COVID cases rose — climbing by 33 percent in the last two weeks. For the moment, death rates are stable. But the country is… Read More

A health care worker administers a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a senior living facility

The FDA authorizes COVID booster shots for all U.S. adults

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for fully vaccinated Americans who are age 18 and older to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The FDA on Friday granted emergency use authorization for a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which had already been available to people 65… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Booster shots challenge governments during global vaccine inequality

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — COVID-19 was the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 35 to 54 during some months since the pandemic began last year, according to recent data. Meanwhile, as the Delta variant continues to drive infections around the world, the push for booster shots in the U.S. has… Read More